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Ministry accepts items, not cash, for Haitian relief effort
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Gee Ge Goldman hands Michael McCarey a bag of clothes that will be sent to Haiti as part of the effort on behalf of Fellowship With Food Ministry. - photo by Tom Reed
How to help
What: Items needed include shoes, clothing and backpacks
Where: Fellowship with Food Ministry, 203 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Contact: Gee Ge or London Goldman, 770-287-1902

As Gee Ge and London Goldman searched for ways to help Haitian earthquake victims, they discovered many agencies and organizations were only accepting money.

They decided to accept other needed items, such as clothing and backpacks, through their Fellowship With Food Ministry in Gainesville.

“I don’t want to be responsible for somebody else’s money,” London Goldman said.

Fellowship With Food, which runs a thrift store, was able to arrange for Crane Transport of Gainesville to park a trailer on its parking lot.

Crane Transport also has agreed to take donated items to an Atlanta-based Haitian ministry, Haitian Ministry Theophile Church in Christ, Gee Ge Goldman said.

The company’s owner, Danny Crane, “has been very much a blessing to us,” she added.

Crane couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Fellowship With Food is expecting deliveries from different sources, including a church and a couple of other thrift stores. However, the organization won’t turn away people off the street who have items to donate.

“We have several groups out there collecting for us,” Gee Ge said.

The Haitian ministry has assured the Goldmans they plan to take the items to Haiti “as soon as they can dock at the ports or somewhere around the island,” Gee Ge said. As many as 200,000 people have died since the Jan. 12 disaster in Haiti.

“Everybody coming through here has been so glad that we’re doing something for (Haitians),” said Gee Ge, who last year started the ministry offering low-cost food, clothing, household appliances and furniture to people who work but need help making ends meet.

The ministry is in the former location of Top Line Fashions next to Emmanuel Baptist Church, a couple of blocks off Browns Bridge Road.

Fellowship With Food also is accepting linens and shoes, among other usable items. Backpacks are especially needed because so many Haitians — as many as 700,000 — are homeless, Goldman said.

Michelnge Lucas of Haitian Ministry Theophile Church in Christ said the effort to collect items has gone well but the ministry needs money to ship the items to Haiti.

“We’re kind of stuck now,” he said.

The effort has personal meaning for Lucas, as he and his wife have lost loved ones in the earthquake, he said.

Survivors “don’t have food, water, anything right now,” Lucas said. “They have gone two weeks without clothes. (They have) only one (set of ) clothes.”

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