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Faith-Based Leaders Raise Record Amount in an Effort to Stop Ebola

On February 27, 2015 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, noted faith-based leaders from the area and key officials from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF closed out their first-ever Black History Month campaign, I AM #STOPPINGEBOLA, which raised over $100,000. The funds will supportthe purchase of over 2,350 hygiene kits that will be distributed in Liberia by UNICEF to help control the spread of Ebola. At $43 each, the kits contain soap, chlorine, gloves, and buckets, among other much-needed hygiene items, and will be provided in households and schools at risk of the disease.

The Consortium of Faith Leaders represented some of the largest African American organizations in the country with a combined membership of 11 million, including Church Of God In Christ, Inc., Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. and Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York. The event included a number of check presentations along with a surprise donation from the UAW-Ford. A number of county and city officials were also presentto welcome the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to Detroit where the I AM #STOPPINGEBOLA campaign was honored with a proclamation from the city. Key officials from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF first met with members of the Faith-Based Leadership Consortium in December 2014 to outline a pathway for an ongoing partnership to assist children and families in Africa.

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