Updated: 08/08/2014 5:52 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 10:37 AM WDIO.com
By: Julie Kruse
One local woman is challenging the Northland to step up and take action to help those in West Africa who are suffering from the deadly Ebola virus.
For Jebeh Edmunds, this virus outbreak runs close to home. Edmunds was born in Liberia, and her father is still over there. She said rather than worrying, she has taken it upon herself to rally the Northland in an effort to help those suffering.
"There is no stopping me," said Edmunds. "When I'm on a mission, you better get ready. "
She says resources in West Africa are tight. In fact, the World Health Organization reports there have been more than 100 new cases there just this week. This prompted Edmunds to create the Ebola BLOCKAID initiative to raise donations to send to JFK Memorial Center and Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.
"It's just a start," said Edmunds. "I'm very challenging myself as well as the people of the Northland to take this into heart and take it to action."
The mission's goal is to raise $15,000.
They are asking for the following items:
Monetary donations are also being accepted at hearttfoundation.org.
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