Gift of the Heart Kits Needed
In recent months the demands for Gift of the Heart kits have been great in the United States and across the globe, and Church World Service warehouse stocks are rapidly being depleted. Thanks to the great efforts of many congregations and other groups, there is a good supply of Hygiene Kits. However, the supply of School Kits, Baby Care Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets is very low.
Gift of the Heart Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world. The contents of each kit have been selected with care based on years of experience to make them as useful as possible, wherever and whenever they are sent.
Recent shipments of Gift of the Heart kits and Church World Service Blankets mean practical comfort for survivors of flooding in Ohio, wildfires in Colorado, tornadoes in Oklahoma, Superstorm Sandy in New York and a series of disasters in West Virginia.
- 1,020 Blankets, 510 School Kits, 540 Hygiene Kits and 500 Cleanup Buckets to wildfire evacuees and first responders. Several Colorado fires have been contained or extinguished, but the West Peak fire complex continues to rage and several communities are still under mandatory evacuation orders.
- 300 Cleanup Buckets and 300 Hygiene Kits to the Pikes Peak, Colo., Chapter of the American Red Cross, also for wildfire evacuees and first responders.
- 1,200 Hygiene Kits, 300 School Kits, 300 CWS Blankets, 210 Baby Kits and 30 Cleanup Buckets for clients struggling to clean up and repair homes damaged by tornadoes and flooding in June.
- 1,020 School Kits, 1,020 Hygiene Kits, 510 CWS Blankets, and 255 Baby Kits. They are for distribution to Rockaways residents still displaced and living in shelters nine months following Superstorm Sandy.
- 200 Cleanup Buckets for distribution to people recovering from heavy rains and flooding in Richland County over the past week.
- 600 Hygiene Kits, 500 Cleanup Buckets, 75 Baby Kits and 60 CWS Blankets for voluntary agencies’ response following disasters, including recent flooding and Superstorm Sandy.
Please prayerfully consider making Gift of the Heart kits one of your mission projects. Kits may be sent all year. For information on how to make the kits and to get ideas from other congregations, visit the PDA web site.