The earthquake in Haiti and the resulting devastation are a source of anguish for many. Members of Rockland’s Aldersgate United Methodist Church have started their response with the collection of monetary donations for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

“UMCOR already has seven trained teams on the ground in Haiti – they had been working there for many years,” said the Rev. Jackie Brannen. “Most have been accounted for after the earthquake. Donations to UMCOR will have an immediate impact, and we can be assured that 100 percent of our donation will go to the relief effort. This agency’sĀ administrative costs are supported from other sources.”

In addition to cash donations, church members will be assembling health kits consisting of emergency hygiene supplies such as soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a face cloth and a small towel, and other supplies. Donations of funds for UMCOR and hygiene supplies for the health kits would be most appreciated, the church said.

For more information, call the church office on weekday mornings at 596-5715, join the Saturday evening coffee house at 6:30 p.m. at the church (156 Lakeview Drive, Route 17, across from Chickawaukie Pond), orĀ attend worship on Sunday at 11 a.m. The church welcomes and encourages prayers for the people of Haiti, and help in planning aid efforts.