Barnesville VFD drop off spot for Haiti relief items* Retired firefighter enlists fire stations statewide to aid Haiti earthquake reliefBruce Barber, a retired firefighter/paramedic from the Columbus area, is now appealing to his former comrades for help in relief efforts for the Haiti earthquake victims. Service to his community has always been important to Barber, whether through his work as a Westerville, Ohio firefighter, through Genoa Baptist Church, where he began serving the homeless and disadvantaged right here in Ohio, or through his volunteer work with Lifeline Christian Mission. Barber has volunteered with Lifeline since 2007, doing warehouse work preparing food and medical supplies for shipment to Haiti and has traveled to Haiti with the organization to build a home to house a Haitian family of 11 in February 2007. After the recent cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, Barber was once again moved to serve others, and this time, he decided to enlist the community of firefighters in Ohio to join him. Barber spearheaded an effort to establish drop-off points for Haiti earthquake relief items at fire stations throughout Ohio. In response to his efforts, nearly 80 fire stations in Ohio have signed on to collect supplies for Haiti earthquake victims through the end of February. In this area, the Barnesville Fire Department is serving as a drop-off point. Bruce Barber explains, "I have been blessed in so many ways over the years and it is one way I can give back to the people in Haiti. As first responders in our communities, it's not surprising that my fellow firefighters would answer the call to help the Haitian people in their time of need. I'm proud to be a part of this great group of public servants." The relief drive is being conducted in partnership with Lifeline Christian Mission, which will gather and ship the donated supplies to Haiti. A complete and up-to-date list of fire stations that are taking part in the drive can be found at , and donations can be dropped of at all locations through February 28. Lifeline has operated in Haiti for 30 years, ministering to thousands of Haitian children and adults with a network of schools and churches, Port au Prince orphanage, food distribution programs through a partnership with Kids Against Hunger ®, health clinics, "Homes for Haiti" home building program, clothing and shoe pantries, a child sponsorship program, and vocational training programs. Their long-standing work in Haiti, and the rare capability to ship material goods into Haiti has positioned Lifeline to efficiently distribute collected items in and around the affected areas of Haiti. Items being collected in the drive include: food such as peanut butter, meats (canned or foil package), baby cereal, infant formula (must be powdered due to no refrigeration in homes); shoes - new or used in good condition; medical supplies - dressings, gauzes, surgical supplies, gloves, tape, suture materials, alcohol, peroxide; over-the-counter medicines (those that do not require a prescription) such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Antacids, Tums, Cough medicines, Prenatal vitamins, etc.); linens - new or used in good condition such as sheets: twin-bed-sized sheets needed most and towelsWith pre-approval, Lifeline can also accept medical supplies and equipment and prescription medicine. To donate these items, or for large corporate donations, please contact Ben Simms at or 614-794-0108.The latest news on Lifeline's relief and recovery efforts in Haiti, and current needs, can be found at Lifeline's Web site, , where much-needed financial donations are also accepted. Volunteers can also help by serving as a local contact person for Lifeline, by transporting donated items, or by volunteering at Lifeline's Columbus-area headquarters in the office or at the warehouse, sorting and packing donated supplies. Go to the website for more information about ways to help, or contact Dana Krahel at or at 614-794-0108.