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Public invited to help Owen countians with ‘medical shower’ for missionary trip

Two local residents will soon be going halfway around the world on a mission trip.
Kasey and John Randall Towles are traveling with Betty Cutts of Morehead to southern China.
Cutts is the founder of Blessing Hands, a faith-based, non-profit organization that supports humanitarian aid and education for children in Longfu Township, Qinzhou City, Du’an County, and Yangshuo County in Guangxi Province.
They will be delivering medical supplies for 20 health assistants, who will be attending a 10-day medical workshop taught using the book called “Where There is No Doctor.”
Janet Gross, a graduate nurse with cross-culture experience, will teach the course to equip Yao minority leaders to give basic health care to their villages.
The mountainous Longfu area is home to the Yao minority. The Yao have their own language, culture and village leaders. Longfu Township Hospital has only 15 beds and serves over 17,000 people including 6,210 children under 15.
Todd Toole, pharmacist at Pamida, was instrumental in ordering many of the medical supplies that they will be taking on the trip.
Kasey and John Randall will also be visiting schools and villages, singing and playing for children, and delivering books and clothing.
To raise money and collect supplies needed for the mission, Long Ridge Baptist Church is hosting a “Medical Shower” at 6:30 p.m. May 19. Everyone is invited and organizers will be serving Chinese and American food, so don’t eat before you come.
If you would like to have a part in changing people’s lives by helping them help themselves, you are welcome to attend.
The project goals are as follows:
Monetary donations will go towards buying these items in China. Please make checks payable to Long Ridge Baptist Church.
Medicines, medical supplies, fetascopes, birthing forceps, disinfectant soap, cotton balls, water purification systems, and pillows, mats, blankets, and school lunch food for the orphans, who live at the Yao Primary schools.
If you would like to bring gifts to the shower, items needed are:
• Medical items include water-resistant watches with second hands for doctors and nurses, band-aids, ace bandages, fingernail clippers, medical tape and other small medical items.
• Things to give to children can include stickers, hair barrettes, ponytail holders, felt cloth for teaching aids, tiny cars, toys or rubber balls for boys, and silly bands.
Everything needs to be small and lightweight. They are only allowed two bags of luggage at 44 pounds each.
For more information contact: Rita Richardson, Patty Avriett, Teresa Perkins or Kasey Towles at (502) 484-5127.
To inquire about Blessing Hands, go to www.blessinghands.org or call (219) 232 8887.