Duluth woman collecting donations to help protect those in Liberia from Ebola

By KBJR News 1

Duluth woman collecting donations to help protect those in Liberia from Ebola

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Across Liberia medical clinics are shutting down as health care providers refuse to go to work.

More than 60 doctors in Africa have already died of Ebola, and the fear of contamination from the extremely contagious disease is hampering efforts to contain the outbreak.

"The health workers think that they are not protected, they don't have the requisite material to use as to protect themselves against the Ebola disease, so many of the health workers, including physician's assistants, nurses, are staying home," Physician's Assistant from Liberia, Amos B. Richards, said.

It is this concern that has spurred Duluth school teacher and Liberian-American, Jebeh Edmunds, into action.

"I have a plethora of relatives all over the world but primarily in Liberia,It is very scary, you know," Jebeh Edmunds, from Duluth, who was born in Liberia, said.

As Jebeh works to ready her first grade classroom at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, she is also making time to collect donations to help those in Liberia facing the frightening Ebola epidemic.

"It's the little things that you can do to make a huge difference," Edmunds said.

Among the most needed items are exam gloves, gowns, eye shields and face masks. Jebeh is also looking for donations of hand sanitizers and large garbage bags.

"Someone who died from Ebola is covered with virus, because they vomit, diarrhea, body fluids, full of virus, blood and so on," Professor at the London School of Hygiene, Peter Piot, said.

Jebeh says at this point she is not sure when her collected donations will make it to Liberia, but she sincerely hopes it will be in time to help her countrymen.

Meanwhile, Jebeh says money is always easier to send. She has joined forces with an organization called the Heartt Foundation.

Their web site says contributions will go towards providing essential care to people confirmed or suspected of having Ebola.

"The Heartt Foundation Initiative is working closely with two of the major hospitals in Monrovia to get the supplies," said Edmunds.

Jebeh's fundraiser is called "ebolaBLOCKaid".

She has set up several donation sites in Duluth and one in Minneapolis:

Duluth sites:
-Bixby's Café
-Peace Church
-Myers-Wilkins Elementary School
-Summit School

Minneapolis site -
-A Little Refind

Jebeh says every donation, big or little, will help.

If you wish to contact Jebeh you can do so the following ways:

-Email Jebeh Edmunds: jebeh98@hotmail.com

-Ask/send general questions or comments: info@hearttfoundation.org

Volunteer questions or comments:

Email: volunteercoordinator@hearttfoundation.org

Send all written correspondence to:

4 Research Drive, #402
Shelton, CT 06484
Fax: 1-866-309-1898

You can visit the website by clicking here: Heartt Foundation

You can donate by clicking here: Donate Here

Barbara Reyelts