PLATTSBURGH — Sister Debbie Blow is over the moon about a $10,000 grant that will buy medicines for the poor in Nicaragua, even as she awaits word on whether she is cancer-free.
The executive director of North Country Mission of Hope couldn’t help but count her blessings before and since the recent surgery that removed a cancerous lesion on her left breast.
“You can go to a doctor,” she said she told herself as she anticipated the procedure. “You can get the medication you need.
“There are days,” she added, “when I have a hard time finding words for all the blessings we have” in the United States.
Meanwhile, Mission of Hope efforts continue on track.
Wednesday night, the Leadership Team selected the volunteers who will travel to Nicaragua next February and will soon start training for the trip.
In Nicaragua, mission administrator Mauricio Flores continues distributing medical equipment and other items sent from Plattsburgh in a shipping container in late summer.
Its contents included dental equipment, exam tables, school desks and school supplies assigned to sites assisted by Mission of Hope.
In her office at Seton Catholic Central School, Blow is selling tickets (six for $5) for a raffle with cash prizes ranging between $100 and $500, with the money going to support elderly nuns of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Mission of Hope partners with the order helping children in Haiti.
This week, the mission mailed out sponsorship renewal packets to the 500 benefactors of Nicaraguan schoolchildren; the deadline to pay the annual $140 per child is Nov. 11.
Collection is continuing of needed items, among them adult-incontinence undergarments, children’s vitamins, over-the-counter medications and school notebooks.
Blow was excited to report Seton Catholic donated nine garbage bags of soccer balls and that much-needed nebulizers have been contributed and are already packed for shipment.