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Mission of Mercy: Medical supplies critical to mission

Volunteers are hard at work packing medicine and supplies. Volunteers are hard at work packing medicine and supplies.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Before the Goodness and Mercy Foundation volunteers can treat one patient, they must do a lot of planning and preparing for their medical missions. In about two weeks, WTOC video journalist Ricardo Thomas and I will go along with them as they go back to Ghana. The founder, Dr. Eugene Nwosu and many other volunteers, are double checking their lists to make sure the group has everything it will need on day one of the mission.

Volunteers are hard at work packing medicine and supplies. This is packing day and it is critical to the success of the mission. They spend hours making sure they have everything just right, making sure that they have everything they'll need to treat the more than 3,000 people who are anxiously awaiting their arrival in the Konongo Village. Everything that goes in boxes is weighed and every box must weigh less than 50 pounds. "We have to be very, very thorough. We have to label all of our inventories. We know exactly what is going into the country," explained Dr. Nwosu.

Among the volunteers, St. Joseph's/ Candler Health System CEO Paul Hinchey. He has been a strong supporter since the foundation started, donating equipment and supplies. But this time, his involvement is taking on a whole new dimension. This year, he's going on the medical mission. "I have so much respect for Dr. Nwosu and I have heard so much about this trip in conversations with him that I just really wanted to experience it and take it from the abstract to the concrete and see what all of the volunteers go through,." said Hinchey.

Savannah dentist Dr. Ann Linton-Maynard is also looking forward to helping in anyway she can. She believes it's her duty to help those in need. But her first mission trip is even more special since she'll be sharing it with her two children, Kianna and Kimani.

Dr. Maynard believes this journey will make a tremendous impact on her children. "For them to go out there and see it firsthand, they'll realize and take better advantage of the opportunities that they are afforded here in this country," said Dr. Linton-Maynard.

The kids say they're looking forward to traveling to a new place and meeting new people. "I feel good because I get to help other people," said Kianna Maynard, a fifth grade student at Savannah Country Day School.

"I looked forward to it because I can help people out who don't have the stuff I have because I'll have this experience of helping people out I am going to be a doctor when I grow up," said Kimani Maynard, a sixth grade student at Savannah Country Day School.

Some others are making a difference without even leaving the country, like Chatham County Commission chairman Pete Liakakis. He's a devoted volunteer and board member. Year after year, he works behind the scenes making sure the volunteers have everything they need. "I think it's wonderful and they are really heroes saving lives and helping to get those people in better shape," said Liakakis.

The volunteers leave on May 31. It should be a very exciting journey. I'm looking forward to bringing all of our viewers stories of how that village has changed since our last visit two years ago and I'll show you the impact these volunteers who give so much of themselves will have on that village of 30,000 people.

Reported by: Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com

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