Ebola/Minnesota Rallies 05 Aug 14

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota residents and organizations have rallied to send aid to Liberia in light of the recent Ebola outbreak.

The Star Tribune reports that about 200 people attended a meeting Sunday night in Brooklyn Park to discuss the deadly outbreak and its effect on the community. Decontee Sawyer, the widow of the first American to die from the disease, urged people to be helpful and understanding.

Some local churches and nonprofits are stepping in to provide financial and medical aid to people in West Africa. A Minneapolis-based health organization plans to send five large containers filled with gowns, masks, gloves and other supplies to Liberia.

Minnesota is home to more than 30,000 people of Liberian descent, including one of the largest Liberian populations outside of Africa in Brooklyn Park.