UMCOR Sager Brown Changes Kit Contents
Changes to two United Methodist Committee on Relief kits have been made to improve the quality of the items received by people in need around the world. The changes affect the health and school kits, two of the most popular kits sent from UMCOR Sager Brown, the relief supply depot in Baldwin, La.
School Kit Changes
Responses to the school kits have implied that children are in more need of notebook paper than construction paper. To meet that need, the packet of multi-colored construction paper that was once on the list for inclusion in school kits has been replaced with either a third notebook or package of lined paper.
Health Kit Changes
When health kits arrive at the depot they are stored until they are needed. Sometimes the kits wait for quite some time before they are shipped. In that time the toothpaste can pass its expiration date and therefore will need to be replaced before shipping. To prevent this, UMCOR Sager Brown requests that it be removed from the kit contents.
In its place please send $1.00 which will be used to purchase toothpaste in bulk. The toothpaste will be added to the kits at the warehouse to ensure the product is fresh.
Church World Service is also implementing these changes to their kits. UMCOR and Church World Service work together on kit contents to ensure that the organizations can support one another in relief supply distribution, especially in the case of large disasters.
How You Can Help
UMCOR Sager Brown ships more that $4 million in supplies each year to people in need in the US and abroad. To contribute towards the purchase of materials included in kits and other relief supplies, please give to Material Resources, UMCOR Advance #901440.
Checks can be mailed to UMCOR PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Write the advance number and name on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of every donation to any appeal, including appeals for relief supplies, goes to support the designated program.