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UMCOR Health Kits Needed!

During January & February 2016 Calvary UMC is collecting items in order to help UMCOR replenish their supply of Health Kits for displaced refugees around the world.   OUR GOAL is to complete 100 health kits! That may seem a bit lofty, but WE CAN DO IT! We CAN, with joyful hearts, extend the love of Christ to strangers in need.

OPTION 1:  Use the list below purchase all the items necessary for one (or more) Health Kits, assembling them according to the directions.  Place completed kits in the clear tote box located in the Gathering Area, but please place your $1.00 donation toward toothpaste in an envelope and place it in Janet Dearstyne’s mailbox (A10) located in the workroom.

OPTION 2:  Donate $10 and we will purchase the necessary items and then hold an “assembly party” in early March.  Checks may be made payable to Calvary UMC with “Health Kits” in the memo section.  Please place your gift in Janet Dearstyne’s church mailbox (A10) so she can keep track of the numbers.


1 hand towel (15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches; Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable.)

1 washcloth

1 comb (Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long; No pocket combs or picks please; Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth.)

1 metal nail file or nail clippers (No emery boards, please.)

1 bath-size soap (3 oz. and larger sizes only; No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content; Do not remove from original packaging.)

1 toothbrush (Adult size only; Do not remove from original packaging.

6 adhesive bandages (¾ inch to 1 inch-size; Common household Band-Aids.

1 plastic bag (One-gallon size sealable bag only.)

$1.00 to purchase toothpaste

Assembly Directions

Set the $1.00 for toothpaste aside to be included in a separate envelope. Lay out the hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel. Place all remaining items on top of the washcloth. Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all of the items. Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all of the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag.

Important Notes

  • All items must be new.
  • Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.
  • Please remove all packaging, unless otherwise specified.
  • 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, nothing more.
  • Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.
  • UMCOR is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent. Do not put single dollar bills in each kit. Collect all money for toothpaste and shipping, then place it in a separate envelope and send along with the kit donations.




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