Volunteers in Cumberland County are collecting items for Haiti, helping people rebuild the earthquake-stricken country.

"They have everything here for everybody," volunteer Norma Sherman said. "Every need that is needed, I think we have it here."

Shelter is one of those basic needs.

Mission Central, a non-profit ministry affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is helping people in Haiti who have lost the roof over their head in January's massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

"One of the things they know they're going to need down there are tents, tarps, and anything to keep people out of the weather," Mission Central executive director Eric DeWalt explained.

Donated tarps and tents from across Central Pennsylvania are packed up and shipped to a hospital in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

DeWalt said many more are needed.

The tents join special care kits packed by an army of more than 2,000 volunteers.

"It's one way to take your time and put it to good use," volunteer Wayne Herr said. "I think it's a good thing for everybody to do."

Last year Mission Central shipped $1.4 million in goods out of its 1.1 acre Mechanicsburg warehouse. In the first quarter of 2010 the organization has shipped more than $1.5 million in goods.

"It's a huge upswing," DeWalt said. "Our buzzword around here for this year is growth. Everything's about growth. We've received more donations and more volunteer hours than we have in the past."

For more on how you can help Mission Central, call 717-766-1533, or visit the Mission Central Website.