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Bongolo Hospital Needs

Posted by straw on July 24th, 2016 | Leave a comment

Year after year, dedicated supporters of medical missions at Bongolo Hospital make and collect items to be sent, via shipping container, to Gabon.  I (Steve) have actually been in Gabon, when these containers are being processed at the port, unloaded, and put into use.  Be rest assured that ALL ITEMS are used to bless those that come seeking health and hope in a very remote part of Africa.  Our Gabon team of international workers are so blessed to have this teamwork.

Thank you for considering joining in the provision of the current needs at Bongolo.  The next shipment will depart Cleveland, Ohio (ARK Transport), September 1st, so it’s a good idea to get the word out now.  Details are below.

Here are some urgently needed items at this time:

  A.  Centrum (or similar with all the trace minerals) multivitamins 

Needed for Adults and, especially, for children (not “gumball” shaped; but the chewable ones).

             Note:  “Equipping the Saints” (www.etsusa.orgsells “Vine Vites for Kids”- 1000 chewable tablets @ $18.95/bottle (must buy a case of 12 bottles). 

B.  Benadryl tablets (not capsules)

>  Generic is OK

C.  Artificial Tears 

>  like Systane or Generic 

D.  Covers for Delivery & Operating Room Tables

>  See instructions below**

E. Sterilization Wraps

>  See instructions below*

F.  Vision Glasses

>  new reading glasses & glass cases

>  used eye glass frames & used glass cases (either you or they will remove the present glass) 

>  disposable pen lights for eye clinic

>  Note: there are ideas on making glass cases on the internet

>  Small toys or stickers for kids who come to the eye clinic.

G.  Medical Supplies

>  Interosseus needles

>  Chest Tubes- sizes 10-16 and adult 30-40

>  Chest tube draining systems

H.  Medical Apparel

>  long white lab coats

>  new or slightly used scrubs sizes small to medium (right now there are enough of the larger)

>  children’s patient gowns (see patterns on Internet)

>  reusable underpads (34″ x 36″)

>  Note:  see websites like www.allegromedical.com

I.  Inexpensive “sippy cups”

J. hand towels new or slightly used (no white ones please)

*NOTE:  If you think you have useful items that are not listed, please call Coleen Lofgren (218-245-2706).



        A:  PACKAGE SIZE LIMITS:  The packages should be no larger than a total of 72 inches (length + height + width) unless you have special permission.  Please limit different types of items to 3-4 per box and put each type of item in it’s own plastic bag for easier sorting at the hospital.

          B.  WHERE TO SEND:  Send the boxes to : ARK Transportation c/o Gabon Shipment Bongolo Hospital, 17830 Englewood Drive, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 by September 1st, 2016

          C.  E-MAIL NOTIFICATION:  Please e-mail Gabon’s shipment coordinator, Linda Chae at linda.chae@att.net and a copy to me, Coleen Lofgren coliemark@gmail.com with the following information: 1.  Church and address; 2. Contact’s name, phone number and e-mail address; 3. Total number of boxes sent.  

          D.  LABEL EACH BOX!!!  Please label each box by letter and numbers, for example, if your church is in Plain View, Iowa and you’re sending 2 boxes, you might choose PVIO#1, PVIO#2.  Please include the two letter state abbreviation in your label as there are a lot of churches with similar names.

          E.  BOX LIST:  Each box/container should have a list of contents.  All contents should be categorized in one of the following categories:  PERSONAL EFFECT; MEDICATIONS;  MEDICAL EQUIPMENT; or FOOD.

        F.  PAYMENT FOR SEA FREIGHT:  Calculate the total cubic feet of all of your boxes/containers and multiply by $15.  Send this amount to:  C&MA Finance Dept., 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.  On the check memo write “Bongolo Hosp. Med Supp./Shipping acct. no. 09037-4340.”



>  State College, PA  ~  Contact person, Dick Straw, email:  drs9mjs@aol.com

>  Lewistown, PA  ~  Contact person, Judy Brown, email:  Judy.Brown310@comcast.net


*NOTE:  We are currently looking for individuals or churches that would be willing to be a collection point and then be responsible for transport to ARK Transport, located near Cleveland, OH.  If you are so very kind as to do this, please contact Coleen Lofgren or myself (gabon.pilot@gmail.com).



Finished sizes needed are: 12” x 12”, 24” x 24”, 36” x 36”. 48” x 48”.  You can make them out of gently used cotton and cotton/polyester material, sheets or old tablecloths (don’t use flannel- it is too loose a weave).  Preferred colors are blue, green or white solid (others accepted though).  To make them, cut the material 1/2” larger than the size wanted.  They are to be double thickness, with the seams on the inside.  After sewing the two pieces of material, turn it inside right, then sew a seam about 1/2” around the entire square and then an “X” from corner to corner.  this way, when they are washed, they will stay in place.  Questions?  Call Coleen at 218-245-2706.


Use flat sheets twin or full size, any color, out of cotton or cotton/polyester. Fold sheet in half so it is 48” x 66” (twin) or 48”x 81” (full).  Sew or Zig-zag around the entire doubled sheet, including the folded side, close to the edge.   Then measure half way down (33” or 40.1”) and sew across the sheet.

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