By Portia Williams
Sheba Chapter No. 14 Order of Eastern Stars recently launched a local pill bottle collection in conjunction with Matthew 25: Ministries from Cincinnati, which sponsors a Pill Bottle Ministry.
Worthy Matron Cassandra Block, who heads up the Sheba Chapter No. 14, and the other members of the Chapter wanted to assist Matthew 25: Ministries with the pill bottle collection.
Jeanette Langford, secretary/treasurer of Sheba Chapter No. 14 Order of Eastern Stars, said there is a dire need for pill bottles in many parts of the world.
“The purpose of the collection of the bottles is because our country does donate medicine, and medicine supplies to some of the poorest countries in the world, but many times they do not provide those medicines in bottles. The ministries that dispense the medications will many times have to dispense it in whatever they have,” Langford said.
She said dispensing the pill bottles into people’s hands, or in tree leaves are the only options available in some cases.
“They just don’t have finances to purchase bottles to put the medicines in,” she said.
After the pill bottles are collected locally, she said they are then transported to Cincinnati for use in the ministry.
According to Langford, Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of basic medical supplies such as empty pill bottles to help improve health care quality in developing nations.
Donations of clean, unlabeled pill bottles help the poorest of the poor in many ways:
Medicine can be distributed in sterile containers. Pill bottles that are not appropriate for shipping are recycled for cash that goes towards Matthew 25: Ministries’ programs. This plastic recycling program keeps thousands of bottles out of landfills each year.
She said the pill bottle collection is an ongoing effort, as long as the opportunity is provided by Matthew 25: Ministries.
“We will be sending out another letter to all of the churches to make sure that they are aware that this is ongoing, and we will continue to collect those bottles as long as the Matthew 25: Ministries is willing to take the pill bottles,” she said.
Pill bottle donations may be brought to 1205 Albert St., in Portsmouth, and placed into one of the large containers positioned on the porch of the residence. For questions, contact Jeanette Langford at 740-354-4322.
Langford said she urges churches, organizations, and anyone who is willing to donate their empty pill bottles to the Sheba Chapter No. 14 efforts. Those donating is asked to remove their personal information from the bottle prior to their being collected.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.