The Orphan Grain Train’s (OGT) New England Branch, located in Terryville, CT, loaded a forty foot container of needed items for Liberia on July 19th. It was the 29th shipment since the branch started operations five years ago. On the shipment were almost 14,000 pounds of medical equipment, such as: hospital beds, mattresses, crutches, canes, commodes, wheelchairs, tables, walkers,
boxes of medical equipment, hospital linens and gowns, and clothing, as well as a gurney and exam table. The load will be received by a mission in Liberia for distribution to those medical organizations in need.
The effort is an Outreach Ministry of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and OGT is a 501(3)(C) charity affiliated with the church and supported locally by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Terryville, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Bristol, and St. John Lutheran Church in Waterbury, and is open to all who want to help others.
All items were donated by individuals or organizations, and all funds used to support these efforts are donated as well, as is the time of the volunteers. Mr. Bill Allread has made space available in his warehouse at 33 S. Main St. in Terryville to support these efforts. Other shipments from the New England Branch have gone to a number of countries e.g. Liberia, Nicaragua, Ukraine, the Philippines, Lithuania, Moldova, Latvia, Liberia, Nepal, Ghana, Republic of Georgia, and to Puerto Rico, North Carolina, and Florida for hurricane relief, as well as two missions in Appalachia. The branch also helps those locally, giving donated medical items to individuals in need as well as supporting the visiting nurse and hospice care organizations of the area. It has also helped with a shipment to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
There is a drop off box at the warehouse for donations anytime, and anyone can come to the warehouse from 9am till noon on Mondays to help pack and sort, drop off donated items to a volunteer, or to pick up needed items.
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