Church to continue caring for children at disaster sites

November 11, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The emergency response arm of the Church of the Brethren has renewed an agreement with the American Red Cross that calls for the church to provide child care centers at disaster sites.

The agreement, which was signed Monday at church offices in New Windsor, calls for the church to supply "trained teams of certified volunteers to provide child care" at air crash sites.

"Families who suffer the sudden loss of loved ones in aviation disasters not only have to deal with their own grief, but also their children's grief," said Lydia Walker, coordinator of training for the church's emergency response service ministries.

"The young child who has lost a parent or sibling has not had the opportunity to say goodbye and cannot comprehend the finality of the event," she said.

The church agreed to provide volunteers at disaster sites to help remove debris and assist with long-term reconstruction. Volunteers have repaired and rebuilt hundreds of homes for victims, church officials said.

Pub Date: 11/11/98

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