December 05, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Two delegations of Bucknell students and faculty who will travel to Nueva Vida, Nicaragua, in January and March are seeking donations of medical supplies to sustain the free health clinic there.

Nueva Vida is a resettlement community of 15,000 people who lost their homes and livelihoods to Hurricane Mitch in 1998. A volunteer project begun as a student initiative, the Bucknell Brigade – comprising Bucknell faculty, staff, students, parents and friends – has worked for the past nine years to rebuild Nueva Vida with two educational service projects each year. Past projects have included community buildings and a medical clinic.

Donations due Jan. 5

Because the volunteers will leave for Nicaragua Monday, Jan. 8, donations must be received by Jan. 5. The Brigade is seeking three types of donations: over-the-counter  (OTC) medical supplies; prescription and special needs medical supplies; and monetary donations.

Donations of OTC supplies may be delivered to Ian Oliver, University Chaplain, at Rooke Chapel; to Janice Butler, director, Office of Service-Learning, at 121 Taylor Hall; or in collection boxes in the upper and lower levels of the Elaine Langone Center.

Medical supplies, especially prescription supplies or pharmaceutical samples, should be delivered to Dr. Donald Stechschulte, director of the Bucknell Student Health Services. Stechschulte will accompany the Brigade in January and March.

Monetary donations can be sent to Oliver at the Chapel. Checks can be made out to Bucknell Brigade; credit card donations can be made online at

Supplies needed

The 'wish list' for OTC medications and products includes: children’s cough and cold remedies, vitamins for adults and children, prenatal vitamins, condoms, bars of soap, anti-fungal cream, splints and slings, antacid tablets (Tums, Rolaids), cortisone creams, skin lotions, antibiotic creams, ace bandages, cough drops and cough syrup, antiseptic spray, Pepcid, Zantac, Ranitidine, etc., toothbrushes and toothpaste, Pedialyte (powder only), ibuprofen (200 mg only), naproxen sodium, cold and allergy tablets, and Pepto-Bismol (tablets only).

The 'wish list' for prescription medicines and special items includes: Decongestants,
Rocephin injections, one-touch glucose testing strips, asthma medication, Levaquin 250 or 500 mg, reusable bags and tape for autoclave, antibiotic eye drops, Glipizide 10 and 20 mg, Cephalexin (250 mg only), rehydration medicine, Glyburide 10 and 20 mg, Amoxicillin 250 mg, nebulizers, masks and tubes, Rosigliazane 10 and 20 mg, Cipro 250 or 500 mg, hypertensive medicines, Promemethazine 25 mg, Zithromax 100 suspension, gastritis medicines, antibiotics for children and adults, Zithromax 250 or 500 mg, Lindane lotion, and antihistamines.

Questions about donations to the Bucknell Brigade project may be sent to Dr. Stechschulte at 577-1401 or; to Rev. Oliver at 577-1592 or Or see

Posted Dec. 5, 2006


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