Northwest NEWS

May 31, 1999


Christmas tree sales help hurricane victims

WCUMC group

Pictured above, left to right: top row--Jim Jobes, Debi Forsell, Brooke Caldwell, Kim Kress, Daniel Kirk, Angela Gifford, Chris Andrews, Jeremy Horst, Lyle Lathrop, Rob Parsons, Matt Forsell, Gabe Wells; middle--Amy Lathrop, Heather Gifford, Katie Sutton, Steve Parsons, Martha Glover, Ingrid Lathrop, and Jason Porter; bottom--Hannah Sutton, Trolly Brown, Rachel Sands, Amy Bushnell, Briana Durham, Denise Burningham, and Andrew McBride. Team members not pictured: Rachel Sutton and Debbie Roberts.

   Those who bought Christmas trees at the church across from McDonald's last December helped to send a team of youth from Woodinville Community United Methodist Church on a mission trip to Nicaragua from June 22-July 7.

   When Hurricane Mitch struck Nicaragua last October, it killed over 4,000 people and damaged or destroyed more than 36,000 homes. The people lost everything they owned. Most of the homes have not been rebuilt, and the people are entering Nicaragua's rainy season with little more than scrap metal, plywood, and plastic tarps as shelter.

   The mission team will be building small wood homes and visiting orphanages and refuge camps, performing puppet shows and doing crafts with the children.

   The following items are needed and can be donated at the church (17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville): Money for the homes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, antibacterial soap, Kotex, small toys (i.e. McDonald's happy meal, etc). For additional information, call (425) 483-5252.