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December 30, 2012

Volunteers prepare for mission trip to Jamaica

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The mission volunteers work together to build one small wood-frame house on each mission, she said.

They also replace roofs on other homes and perform other small home repairs.

About 25 children younger than 6 years old live in the New Hope Children’s Home in Jamaica, Burrell said.

“Most of these children aren’t really orphans but have been turned over to the home by one or both parents who haven’t been able to take care of them for financial reasons, usually.”

Employees of the Children’s Home work to find permanent homes for the children.

Mission volunteers will bring with them a portion or more than 60 handmade little girls’ and boys’ outfits, which were donated to the Peru Community Church.

Members of the mission will deliver the outfits and do repairs on the building, while leaving time to play with the children, too, Burrell said.

Another facet of life that will be addressed by the mission is education.

Nancy Fegan, a retired kindergarten teacher, will distribute school supplies and teach young children who attend a primary school in the area about the North Country, Burrell said.

“We’ll be broadening their horizons a little bit,” she said.

The volunteers will end their mission trip in Negrill, a town on the ocean, where they will debrief and relax after a hectic but rewarding week, Burrell said.

Donations may be sent to the Peru Community Church, Jamaica Mission, P.O. Box 38, Peru, NY 12972.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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