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Church helps Haiti

Charity: Volunteers send food to earthquake-stricken nation

Posted: April 30, 2010 9:31 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The grounds of Christ Lutheran Church in Valencia will look more like an assembly line this weekend than a worship center.

"We're going to bring out conveyor belts and will be packing boxes that will go to Haiti," said Debbie Price, the church's mission coordinator.

To distribute the boxes, the church is pairing up with the local branch of Help the Children, a nonprofit Christian humanitarian relief organization. Christ Lutheran has run a couple of food drives. Dozens of church volunteers will pack the food in boxes Sunday morning and ship them to Haiti, the island nation devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January.

"We want to make people aware that even though the earthquake was months ago, there's still a need and we should still be reaching out," Price said.

Help the Children's mission is to increase self-sufficiency by providing food, clothing, personal care items and medical supplies without regard to political affiliation, religious belief or ethnic identity, according to their website at www.helpthechildren.org.

Help the Children's Santa Clarita branch is one of 14 organizations or causes that Christ Lutheran congregants will lend a hand to for its Compassion Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

About 400 individuals have signed up to participate in the church's annual volunteer event, Price said.

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