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Greenspring Will Host Fifth Oral Rehydration Project on Tuesday, January 31

January 20, 2012

(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA) - Greenspring retirement community will be holding its fifth organized oral rehydration project on January 31.  Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) is a method for treating dehydration often caused by illnesses such as cholera and rotavirus.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) consider ORT to be an increase in administered fluids and continued feeding.  There are many locations in the world where people are suffering from dehydration and receive much needed support from projects like Oral Rehydration.
During past projects, Greenspring volunteers have been able to assemble between 7,500 and 10,000 oral rehydration kits of salt, baking soda, sugar, and salt substitute.  With the assistance of the Universal Aide Society headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, after assembly at Greenspring, the kits will be sent to countries where dehydration is prevalent.  For the project on January 31, the kits will likely be distributed to Sierra Leone, the Philippines, Liberia, the Honduras, or Cameroon.
Between 60 and 100 volunteers from Greenspring including residents and staff are expected to participate in the project on January 31.

WHAT: Greenspring Oral Rehydration Project

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31, 9 am-3 pm

Greenspring Retirement Community
Hunters Crossing Conference Center
7430 Spring Village Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22150

CONTACT: Please contact Jessica McKay at 703-923-4690 or should you wish to report on the event at the community.

About Greenspring: Greenspring is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units.  At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community. Additional information about Greenspring can be found