Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Health kits, sewing kits, school kits, bedding kits, birthing kits, and cleaning buckets are collected by generous donors across the United States. These items are then sent to one of two supply depots, where volunteers assemble, verify, and pack the kits so that they can be sent to where they are needed most.
Kits also help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief has just sent several large shipments of school supplies to Haiti, which has seriously depleted their supply. School kits provide children around the world with basic school supplies such as paper, pencils, and other items. Centenary is currently collecting supplies for school kits. As you may notice good “back-to-school” sales on many of these items now, we wanted to make the list available to you. Paper is the most critical item, as we have already collected a lot of the other items.
Each kit will need:
- 1 pair blunt scissors (rounded tip only, not plastic scissors)
- 3 pads of paper (spiral or top bound pads or 150 sheets of loose leaf, combinations of spiral, top bound or loose leaf is acceptable)
- 1 hand held pencil sharpener (must be at least one inch long)
- 1 ‐ 30 centimeter ruler (hard or flexible, no advertisements)
- 6 unsharpened pencils (no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, cartoon characters are acceptable)
- 1 ‐ 2 ½ inch eraser (no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, cartoon characters are acceptable)
- 1 ‐ 24 count box of crayons (only 24 count boxes)
- 1 - 14”x16” cloth bag (home-made or purchased bags are both acceptable, heavy duty fabric only‐ denim, corduroy, drapery fabric etc., no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols. Closures are optional but must be buttons, snaps or Velcro sewn in middle of opening if used)
To learn more about UMCOR, visit http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies