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December 30, 2012

Volunteers prepare for mission trip to Jamaica

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The $10,000 is not including the travel, transportation and food costs of the volunteers, which they pay for themselves, she said.

”We do fundraisers to raise the money to go,” Harriet said.

Unfortunately there’s never enough money, she added.

”We’re a little bit under (budget) but I have faith that when we get back, money will be there for us to pay all the bills.”

HEALTH CLINIC

For the first time in five years, a doctor and nurse will be traveling with the group to hold a health clinic in Jamaica.

Dr. Euclid Jones, a former dermatologist, will practice general medicine with the help of nurse Donna Scott of Plattsburgh.

”It’s an exciting time for me since it’s my only opportunity in my lifetime to practice general medicine,” Jones said.

”I see a little bit of everything” at the clinic, Jones said.

Common ailments include bacterial infections, allergies, colds and viral infections.

The group is bringing quantities of medicine to combat these conditions as well as two suitcases full of toothbrushes donated by local dentists. A dental clinic in Porus, Jamaica, will distribute the toothbrushes to more than 1,000 people over the course of the year, she said.

Jones has found each of his more than 10 mission trips to Jamaica with the Peru Community Church highly rewarding, he said.

And simply the presence of mission volunteers gives the Jamaicans hope, he said.

“Just to have someone to be interested in them is hope in itself.”

From early morning to noon, Jones and Scott will see between 20 and 35 patients, he said.

Then they will join other volunteers to help with construction of a new house.

A NEW HOME

A united Protestant church in central Jamaica identifies families in need of homes and gives their names to the mission, Burrell said.

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