Jonna Blum (center) has been selected by Project Helping Hands to be part of a medical team of 20 to attend a mission trip in the Dominican Republic this July.
Project Helping Hands is a non-affiliated not-for-profit organization that sends teams of volunteers to provide medical care and health education for people who are less fortunate in developing nations. The key to these teams' success is the commitment they bring to impact people in a life-changing, even life-saving ways. Beyond treating illness, disease, trauma and providing care, the teams educate locals and village health care providers with a goal of seeing them become self-sufficient. In preparation for the trip, she is in need of donated supplies to take with her such as children's vitamins (no Iron), adult vitamins, Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, antacids, topical creams (neosporin), lubricating eye drops, toothbrushes and reading glasses.
Blum is the daughter of John and Julie Blum of Pittsfield and is employed by New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. She has been accepted in to the fall graduate program at Duke University to pursue a nurse practitioner degree.
Jonna Blum, center, with teammates
Supplies or donations will be accepted until June 27 and can be made to her sister Jenna Blum's place of business, Shear Madness 701 Conewango Ave, Warren, her mom's place of business, Julie Blum, Warren-Forest EOC, 1209 Pennsylvania Ave West, Warren or the Blum home, 323 Dalrymple St., Pittsfield.