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Medicine Drive Held to Benefit Africans

Danielle Kloap
Around Campus Editor

   Christians in Action will hold a medicine drive for the International Health Care Foundation until Oct. 2.

    CIA is holding the medicine drive to get medical supplies to people in remote African areas.  Brian Jones, CIA campus minister, said a medical drive is a simple way to help people.

    “We can go to Wal-Mart or Fred’s and pick up simple medical supplies, and (the African people) can’t,” Jones said.

    IHCF or African Christian hospitals, based in Searcy, Ark., currently supports two hospitals and a clinic in Nigeria and two clinics in Ghana. Doctors and nurses donate their time in the clinics.

    CIA held its first medicine drive for IHCF last year.  Jones said he got a letter from Tom Carr, one of the directors at IHCF, thanking CIA for the medicine they received. The medicine went out in January with nurses going to Africa.  Carr said the nurses were excited to distribute the medicine to people in need.

    Harmony Black, a sophomore Wildlife Management major, said she likes being involved with CIA because of the community service projects.

    “I love helping people,” Black said.

    If anyone would like to donate medical supplies to IHCF contact Jones at 723-3482, or drop the items off at the CIA room, located at Jeter Hall.  All over-the-counter medical supplies are accepted, but IHCF needs the following medical supplies the most:

  • Benadryl
  • Reading glasses
  • Ibuprofen
  • Band aids of all sizes
  • Gauze pads and tape
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Multivitamins
  • Bandage rolls
  • Medical or first aid tapes
  • Tylenol or Tylenol PM
  • Povidone-Iodine solution
  • Q-Tips
  • Latex gloves

   CIA tries to participate in as many service projects as they can.  They are finishing collecting items to make isolation activity kits for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  They also participate in service projects on campus.

   “We really like to get involved with anything on campus,” Jones said. 

   CIA plans to take Thanksgiving food donations after the medicine drive finishes.  For more information on CIA service projects, please visit the CIA room or contact Jones.


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