Photo by Ray Balogh and courtesy of The Mail Journal of Syracuse, Ind.

SYRACUSE, Ind. – More than 30 children took the lead of Carol Elder at Calvary United Methodist Church of Syracuse in making more than 590 rubberband bracelets for kids they will never meet. During a three-week period of time, the Syracuse and Milford children invested more than 200 hours in the project. Elder’s great-niece, Nicole Yoder, is a nurse and one of 17 volunteers who recently went to Haiti on a medical mission led by the Rev. Carolyn Kern, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Mishawaka, Ind. The volunteers gave the bracelets in their clinical service in Haiti as a sign of good will from Hoosier children to Haitian children.