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Assembling Hygiene Kits for Refugees

Sun, Mar 18 • 11:45 am

Hall of Entrance

On Sunday, March 18 after worship, FamChY (Ministry for Families, Children and Youth) invites church families and others to help assemble hygiene kits to donate to Church World Service for Syrian refugees.

In the lead up to March 18, FamChY invites families to bring each Sunday an item of their choice from the CWS list below—we are aiming to make 50 kits (items will be placed in ziplock 1-gallon bags).

Two steel tubs will be in the Hall of Entrance each Sunday for you to deposit your donation.

Each kit will need (new, not used!):
    •    Washcloth 
    •    Hand towel between 15"x 28" and 16"x 32" size—no fingertip towels, dish towels, bath towels, or microfiber, please)
    •    Wide-tooth comb
    •    Fingernail or toenail clipper (we have enough clippers, thanks!)
    •    Bath-size bar of soap in wrapper (not loose)
    •    Toothbrush in the package (not loose)—no toothpaste, please
    •    10 standard size band-aids

We also need 50 1-gallon ziplock bags and several large cardboard boxes for mailing the kits to CWS, if you want to donate these items.

FamChY Chair Rachel Sing says, “How can we grow our children’s and teens' awareness of dire circumstances in the world in a loving, meaningful way that is not bleak but hopeful—the notion that even removed from disaster, devastation, and tragedy ourselves, we too can make a positive difference...that compassion involves action as well as feeling? 

Concrete, small acts not only make a difference, they can lead to larger, conceptual understanding. The very basic items included in the hygiene kits that Church World Service provides refugees and other survivors of disaster around the world reflect the magnitude of unmet need: a face cloth, a toothbrush, a comb...

A few years ago, our church assembled and donated over 100 hygiene kits to Church World Service (CWS) to go to Syrian refugees living in dire circumstances in refugee camps in Lebanon and Turkey. The refugee situation has not improved, in fact, it is now more dire than ever.”

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