N.J. Quakers help save lives a world away
"From one small corner of New Jersey, we can reach around the world and send some good, positive energy," said Lenik, 48. "Fifteen hundred dollars is a small amount of money to do so much good."
What's uncommon is getting equipment through private citizens to help dispose of them. "I've never heard of a group doing this," said Richard Kollodge, a spokesman for the U.N. Mine Action Service, who took reporters to Tajikistan in June to acquaint them with the cluster-bomb problem.
"I was aware of the munitions problem, but not aware that there was something I could do personally."
Schonstedt now kicks in an additional detector for every one purchased for donation at the list price of $1,015. The company and its customers have furnished 50 detectors to the U.N. demining operations.
Lenik is all for that. "We're one church in Woodstown, and Woodstown probably has more than a dozen churches," he said.
"Every town has churches. And if every church that could participated in a program like this, we could save a lot of lives and show people around the world that Americans are people of faith and have good hearts. . . . We're talking about children."