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Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 2:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — The large container full of supplies that the Mission of Hope shipped to Nicaragua in October is being distributed among those in need.

“This is a source of great blessing for all who will receive the items and equipment we ship,” mission Executive Director Sister Debbie Blow said in a newsletter.


In addition to the donations the Mission of Hope collects year-round, they are beginning their second year of Change for Christmas, a program created by an 8-year-old that raises money to feed children in Nicaragua.

Participants in the Change for Christmas fundraising campaign collect loose change from around their homes, Blow said, though people may also donate money and checks in larger amounts. The donation can come as a gift in someone’s name, and the mission can provide those interested with cards for this purpose.

All donations should be marked Change for Christmas. The drop box for donations is located at 206 New York Road in Plattsburgh.

Already, the Mission of Hope has received more than $7,000 from more than 30 states and several countries for Change for Christmas, Blow said.

“We (are all) are amazed at how so many folks responded.”

Funds raised by the mission feed a daily meal to more than 625 undernourished children in two locations in Nicaragua. The majority of the meal recipients are children between preschool and second grade.


As usual, the mission is busy with many other projects:

▶ Although the deadline has past to renew education sponsorships, those still interested should contact Blow at 561-2599. The cost of a one-year sponsorship is $140, with both one-time and monthly payments available.

“We could really use some new sponsors, and it would also make a great Christmas gift for someone who has everything or someone who truly values education,” Blow said.

▶ Today marks the deadline to order Mission Christmas cards that feature photos of the children the Mission has helped in Nicaragua. Ordering information can be found at the website: www.ncmissionofhope.org.

▶ The mission has received a request from one of the hospitals they serve for a functional EKG machine. And nebulizers are also needed, as always, Blow said. Contact the mission with information.

▶ Volunteers are needed to load the remaining medical equipment into second container on Dec. 19. Those interested can email Roger Patnode at rog

erpatnode1947@yahoo.com or Blow at dshope2@charter.net.

▶ Two mission groups will travel to Nicaragua at the start of 2013: one in January and another in February. Volunteers will work on education, health-care, community-development and ecological-sustainability projects during their mission.

▶ Dr. Patnode, a long-time mission volunteer and medical coordinator, will be blogging while he is in Nicaragua in January and February. His blog can be found at http://doctorroger.ncmissionofhope.org. Patnode will be following up on past health-care projects and networking with those the mission works with in Nicaragua while he is there.