Aid To Liberia — What You Can Do
DeContee’s African Restaurant at 711 Broad Street is one of four drop-off points accepting donations of emergency supplies to be shipped to Liberia. According to the World Health Organization, Liberia has reported 516 cases of ebola in the current crisis, with 282 deaths. Providence Journal writer Donita Taylor interviewed members of the local community (estimated 15,000 here in Rhode Island) for an update of the situation, including a list of needed supplies.
Liberians have already collected and shipped 50 boxes of protective supplies, said Patrick Marsh, 35, owner of Decontee’s African Restaurant on Broad Street in Providence. He said five organizations were cooperating to collect supplies and that Cyrus Barchue of Liberian Shipping Lines underwrote the cost of shipping, which he estimated at $50 per box. They shipped a 40-foot container on Monday, Marsh said.
Steve Ahlquist of RI Future covered Thursday’s “Ebola Be Gone!” rally at the State House which focused attention on the crisis, adding that water and non-perishable foods* are also welcome. Additional drop-off point listed here: Providence City Hall, Office of Council President Solomon.
*Non-perishable foods can include dried beans, rice, etc. as well as canned items.