UMCOR Health Kits

By April 21, 2015Outreach

Health Kit Header WebFUMC Fort Worth Compassion & Justice Ministries is collecting assembled health kits for UMCOR, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.

Please drop assembled kits at the Welcome Center in the purple bin, May 3 – June 7.

The kits will be taken to the Annual Conference on June 8 and given to UMCOR. These kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes. To learn more about UMCOR, visit their website (umcor.org).

Health Kit Materials

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.

Assembly Directions

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. Drop assembled kits at the Welcome Center in the purple bin, May 3 – June 7.

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.

Questions? Contact Rev. Page Hines, Associate Pastor of Compassion & Justice Ministries (phines@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5063.

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