Mission Ready program sends medical supplies overseas

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Submitted: Sun, 08/24/2014 - 12:37am
Updated: Sun, 08/24/2014 - 11:19pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “All it takes for bad things to continue is for good people to do nothing,” says Ted Winneberger, Mission Ready medical director.

For good people to do something, there’s mission ready. After the 2010 Haitian earthquake, the hospital created Mission Ready. A program where the hospital collects and inventories supplies that can’t be used in the United States because part of the package was opened, but never used.

Booties, gloves, hats, full face masks are examples stated by Winneberger.

Clean and modern medical supplies are extremely hard to come by in developing countries.
Supplies that would be thrown away here, but could save a life elsewhere.

Winneberger says, “For instance, the IV poles, most of the hospitals I have seen over there, they don’t have that. You wind up doing things like duck tape IVs to the wall. Anything that makes their lives a little bit easier in an incredibly difficult and impossible situation, you have to feel good about trying something.”

A 40-foot truck left the hospital in Wilmington carrying medical supplies with a destination across the world, Rotifunk in Sierra Leone.

Craig Relan of Wrightsville United Methodist Church along with other volunteers traveled on many mission trips.

“You can’t believe it. You can’t believe the feeling you feel while you’re there,” Relan says.

Relan and others also have be working towards creating a sustainable hospital in Rotifunk.

“One of things that struck me on my trip to Sierra Leone was that nobody had a hand out. Nobody asked for anything. They would come up to us and ask how can we help?” said Relan.

Help is what mission ready is all about.

Winnerberger says,”You don’t have to do big things, but doing just little things doing anything and this is what we are doing, something.”

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