John Kari, of Dana Point, prepares a carton of HIV/AIDS care packages for shipment to Swaziland, Africa as part of the South Shores Church's partnership with World Vision International. Photo by Alina Pop
John Kari, of Dana Point, prepares a carton of HIV/AIDS care packages for shipment to Swaziland, Africa as part of the South Shores Church’s partnership with World Vision International. Photo by Alina Pop

Dana Point Times

Nearly 200 members of a local church boxed up 1,400 packages to aid caregivers in the care of HIV/AIDS patients in Swaziland, a small southeast African nation.

Working in partnership with World Vision International, a Christian ministry serving more than 30 million HIV/AIDS patients throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, parishioners of the South Shores Church put together care kits to help more than 35,000 people.

“This is a great way for us to reach out beyond our local community and help people in need around the world,” said Rob DeKlotz, pastor of community at South Shores Church.

Each kit includes non-medical supplies such as latex gloves, washcloths, petroleum jelly and soap to care for 25 patients. In addition to supplies, volunteers wrote personal notes of encouragement to receiving caregivers and placed one in each kit.

This is the church’s second international compassion project. Last year South Shores, at 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, sent more 40,000 meals to Haitian children. For more information on South Shores, visit www.southshores.org and for more on World Vision, go to www.wvi.org.

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