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Church group needs help turning storage pod into portable clinic

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The church group known as the Orange County Methodist Men (OCMM) are in the beginning stages of turning a railroad style storage pod into a self-contained portable medical facility.

"There'll be a generator in it, it'll have plumbing, electricity, the walls will all be finished, the floors will be finished," said Jerry Ashby, member of the OCMM.

When all that work is done, the pod will then be shipped to Pearland, where the organization Christian Alliance will equip it with a dental chair and at least two examination rooms with medical supplies. From there it will travel to Belize, where there is a need for clinics in rural areas.

"It's a Christian mission," said OCMM President Gabby Hammett. "And it's just for helping people, and that's what we do best."

The project is expected to cost about $14,000... and so far the group has only raised about half that, covering the cost of the pod itself. Now they need donations for necessary supplies.

"And then we need people to volunteer to come work," said Ashby. "And we don't mind if they're Baptist, we don't mind if they're Catholic, we don't mind if they're walking down the street and want to hop in and work."

If you would like to donate to the project or volunteer your time, you can call St. Paul United Methodist Church for more information. The number for the church office is 409-735-5546.
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