NEW DOVER UMC EXTENDS CAMPAIGN TO RAISE
$38,000 FOR ENTIRE ICU ROOM AT HOSPITAL IN INDIA
New Dover United Methodist Church in Edison has extended its campaign through June to raise $38,000 to outfit an entire Intensive Care Unit (ICU) room at a hospital in India, as a way of addressing that country's ongoing struggle with the coronavirus. Even as COVID-19 conditions have been improving in the U.S., the number of cases and deaths have surged in India where only a small percentage of the population has been vaccinated.
As of the end of May, New Dover UMC was about a third of the way towards its goal. All of the proceeds from the campaign will go to the Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC) of Vellore, a 3,000 bed charitable teaching hospital known for compassionate, cost-effective health care. CMC, which was founded by an American missionary in 1900, has been a beacon of hope throughout the COVID-19 crisis. According to Pastor Chuck Coblentz, New Dover UMC initiated the fundraising campaign after a family in the church lost 14 family members in India in the pandemic.
Since announcing our support for this project, Centenary has received approximately $300 in donations from special gifts and our mission barrel offerings. We are hopeful of at least doubling that amount by Sunday, June 20, which will be the last day for donations. Checks can be sent to the church office or dropped in the offering plate at our Sunday outdoor services. Checks should be made out to Centenary UMC with "ICU India" noted on the memo line. Thank you.