When Bishops or United Methodist-related programs in countries throughout the world request material resources, UMCOR ships containers full of supplies to meet those requests. Recent shipments included health kits, school kits, layettes, and flood buckets to places such as Indonesia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Florida. United Methodists could have a warehouse full of resources, but without the capability to get them where they are needed, those resources are useless. Contain Your Joy covers the cost of the containers and shipping that distributes these essential items to those who need them most.
Material resources are things like health kits, school kits, flood buckets (US only), layette kits, bedding paks, and sewing kits that are distributed to people who need them in the US and abroad. Congregations and individuals can donate the actual items in bulk, assemble complete kits, or send contributions through this advance to supply the ever-growing needs for material resources worldwide. In 2005 requests for health kits reached an all-time high of more than 200,000.