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Mercy Ships Gets $93,000 Donation

Tyler Morning Telegraph

EAST TEXAS, August 20, 2010 | Kate Thompson ((202)225-3035)
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The Million Dollar Round Table, an international organization dedicated to connecting financial professionals with influential charities worldwide, donated $93,000 to Mercy Ships on Thursday.
By REBECCA HOEFFNER
The Million Dollar Round Table, an international organization dedicated to connecting financial professionals with influential charities worldwide, donated $93,000 to Mercy Ships on Thursday.

"The hope and healing that Mercy Ships provides stands as a true symbol of love in action," The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation President Sally Munford said. Mercy Ships is an international faith-based medical relief charity headquartered about 20 miles Northwest of Tyler.

The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation created a Haiti Disaster Relief Fund shortly after the earthquake in the devastated country.
Haiti was hit with a 7.0 scale quake in January of this year. The disaster killed more than 200,000 people and 300,000 injured.
The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation matched the more than $93,000 that was raised and split the fund between Mercy Ships and Heifer International. Both have been on the ground in Haiti for several months.

"We do a little bit of everything (in Haiti)," Mercy Ships CEO Sam Smith said. "We'll be there for many years to come."

That includes everything from medical assistance to housing, to water, sanitation and power, Smith said. The emphasis for Mercy Ships is rebuilding and providing education so the community doesn't regress after the teams leave. More than 1,400 people have signed up to volunteer with the Mercy Ships relief effort.

The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation chooses charities based on recommendations from its members, Ms. Munford said. Virginia Lind, a Florida resident, recommended Mercy Ships several years ago and has helped the organization receive several grants through her recommendation. She originally learned about the nonprofit in a Reader's Digest article.

"I tell my customers all the time about Mercy Ships," Ms. Lind said.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert spoke at the presentation of the award, and regaled the audience of Mercy Ships employees and volunteers with stories of his visit on the ship off the coast of Africa.

"I'm used to wearing my U.S. representative pin in other countries, but it's actually easier to get around if you're just wearing a Mercy Ships T-shirt," Gohmert said with a laugh. "People know when Mercy Ships comes, it's not out of selfishness. You're truly there to help people and be God's hands.”