SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - As the massive Ebola outbreak continues to claim lives in Africa, efforts are underway here at home to help.
Members of Asbury United Methodist Church in South Whitehall Township have sent supplies to Liberia and helped with projects there for about 15 years.
"Our most recent effort has been to concentrate on building wells," said Dick McCreight, a member of the church's missions committee. "They really don't have a source of clean water and as a result of that, disease spreads very rapidly."
McCreight visited Liberia in 2010.
"It absolutely blew me away. I kept expecting to see the better part of the country but the poverty is so rampant that you really never see it," he said.
Now as the Ebola virus affects the West African nation, Asbury United Methodist Church wants to help.
"It breaks my heart to see this because we know the people and we know what good people they are and it's really hard for us to see this," said McCreight.
The church is collecting supplies to send to Liberia including antibacterial soap, disinfecting wipes, latex gloves and medical supplies. They'll also accept monetary donations.
"That's not a guarantee against Ebola but it really helps if people are able to keep clean," said McCreight. "It's not going to help the entire country of Liberia but it will help some people and so if we can even reach a few people and help them prevent disease, that would be a wonderful thing."
If you would like to donate items, Asbury United Methodist Church is located at 1533 Springhouse Road in South Whitehall Township. The church's phone number is (610) 398-2577.
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