The North Bend Eagle


Students flip over chance to help

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 3/14/12

North Bend Central 2004 graduate Kerri (King) Chvatal, R.N., is going to Central America on a medical trip. She heard that the last time the group went, someone took pictures of the children and printed them for the parents, so Chvatal wanted to do something material for the people she will be meeting.

Flip flop donations
NBE students Shaelynn Vopalensky, Abby Johnson and Kaden Juhl have contributed to the NBE flip flop drive.

“When I found out I was going I was trying to think of something I could do for the people that would help them on a daily basis,” Chvatal said. “I told my mom (North Bend Elementary para-professional Karma Amison) that I wanted to host a flip flop drive to see how many pairs we could get and ship over there. Flip flops are something we take for granted that is so desperately needed some were else”

After checking with principal Caryn Ziettlow, Chvatal issued a challenge to each class of NBE students. She will be giving a prize to the class that collects the most flip flops. Other than a Facebook posting, NBE is the only place collecting the shoes.

Chvatal is going with a medical group organized by Covenant Presbyterian Church in Omaha. The church is sending a team of 22 individuals to San Ignacio, Belize, in May. Dr. Harold Huff of Methodist Health Systems is the primary physician responsible for putting together this mission trip, his third.

During its time in Belize, the team will be visiting five different villages to do both medical and ministry work for six days. The team will take enough antibiotics for 1,200 people, as well as diabetic and blood pressure medications.

Many of the people who will travel to the villages to take advantage of the health care will walk miles on dirt roads with no shoes.

The students and community have the opportunity to not only support the mission trip, but also help other people, by giving them shoes.

The community is invited to contribute to the flip flop drive in two ways. Donations of flip flops can be sent to the school with any NBE student or dropped off at the school. The flip-flops can be new or slightly used. They will be collected until March 30.

The box of flip flops will be mailed to Belize, so monetary donations are being accepted at the school office to help defray the cost of shipping the flip flops.

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