Sunday, January 24, 2010

Health Kits for Haiti

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is accepting health kits to be transported to Haiti as part of UMCOR's disaster relief there. You can bring these health kits to church next Sunday and they will be delivered to the Knoxville District Office next Monday, February 1st, in time to be taken to the UMCOR Sager Brown depot in Louisiana, where they will be gathered and shipped to Haiti. Please consider donating money for the health kits (they are projected to cost about $12 each) next Sunday or bringing any or all of the items listed below. Also please note the other information below about these health kits.

Place these items inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.
• 1 hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27”, no kitchen towels)
• 1 washcloth
• 1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
• 1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
• 1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
• 1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
• 6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages

(NOTE: UMCOR Sager Brown is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before it is sent. Please include $1 for each kit you send toward the purchase of toothpaste.)

Important Kit Assembly Information
All items included in kits must be NEW items.
All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items and nothing more.

Do NOT include any personal notes, money or additional materials in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.

We will also need a $1 donation per kit for shipping costs.

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