UPPER ALLEN TOWNSHIP, CUMBERLAND COUNTY—Members of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, in Upper Allen Township, Cumberland County, have a system that works. It's an assembly line of sorts, with people putting wash clothes, hand towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes & more into clear plastic bags. They are relief kits that will be sent to people in Haiti.
"A lot of people just need the basics to get by... I've never had that experience that I had to live without the basic necessities or the basic comforts of life," says Kathryn Aumiller, a member of the Church.
St. Paul's U.C.C. has been helping people in Haiti since a devastating earthquake rocked the island nation earlier this year. At first, they filled & shipped about 50 relief kits. On Monday night, the congregation made dozens more.
"We put up a sign up sheet and we thought gee, if we get 20 kits total that would be great and people responded so well & so quickly, we were able to put together 50 kits," says Rev. John Ward-Diorio, the Church Pastor.
"Now with the Cholera epidemic, it just seems natural to continue to help because that's where there's a huge need right now," Aumiller says.
Members of St. Paul's say it's the least they can do to help fellow human beings in need and if the need continues to be great, even more kits will made.
"Soap doesn't last forever, toothpaste doesn't last forever, so it's things that you need to replenish on a regular basis," says Aumiller.