AMESBURY — Packing light but taking a big suitcase might seen counter-intuitive. But a group of eight Main Street Church members are doing just that when they head off to Haiti for 12 days next week to rebuild homes destroyed in last year's massive earthquake.
The church members will be packing light in the hopes of packing plenty of donations for the Haitian people.
The group from Main Street Church is working with the Fuller Center for Housing.
They will be in Gressier, which is an hour outside of Port-au-Prince and close to the Jan. 12, 2010, 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
This is the church's second trip to Haiti.
In March 2010, the church spent eight weeks with another organization for earthquake recovery. Four church members who went last time are going again next week, including the Rev. Joan MacPherson.
"We could see how much need there still was without an earthquake ever happening," MacPherson said.
The service isn't free. Everyone going has to pay $1,800 plus airfare to Haiti.
Main Street Church is looking for the following donations to Haiti. The church needs donated items delivered to the church and marked for Haiti by Saturday:
39-gallon contractor strength clean-up trash bags
twin bed sheets and pillow cases
bath towels and wash cloths
hand soap and shampoo
paper plates and cups
screw drivers and pliers
AA AAA C and D batteries
children's vitamins (not expired)
peanut butter and jelly
paint brushes and rollers
HP ink cartridges (#60 black)
pens and pencils