Sunday, November 26, 2017

Looking for a hands-on way to make a difference this Christmas?

   Contents of an MCC Relief Kit

Looking for a hands-on project that makes a difference?  This year due to high demand, there is an urgent need for Relief Kits in Syria, Iraq and other crisis areas. (See  The kits are a tangible way you can share God’s love and compassion, reminding people that their needs are not forgotten. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) plans shipments carefully in order to meet local needs and to send high-quality items that can withstand the harsh conditions faced by people receiving the supplies.

Place articles in a box or bag and deliver to one of the following locations. It's a good idea to call ahead to confirm someone will be available to receive them.

     Grace Chapel, 9600 SW Boeckman Rd, Wilsonville, OR  97070, (503) 570-2988

     Zion Mennonite Church, 6124 S Whiskey Hill Rd, Hubbard, OR  97032, (503) 651-2274

     Portland Mennonite Church, 1312 SE 35th Ave, Portland, OR  97214, (503) 234-0559

Kits will be shipped to MCC headquarters in January, where they will be packed in new 5-gallon plastic pails with lids and distributed to recipients overseas.

                                                    Relief Kit Items
                                         (New items in original packaging)

  • 4 large bars bath soap 
  • 1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; place in re-sealable plastic bag)
  • 4 large bars laundry soap (Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
  • 4 adult-size toothbrushes 
  • 4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
  • 2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)
  • 1 fingernail clipper(good quality)
  • 1 box adhesive bandages(minimum 40 count, assorted)
  • 1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi)
Thank you for limiting your generosity to the items listed. Due to strict regulations on the expiration dates of toothpaste in various countries, MCC no longer asks for toothpaste donations with the kits. Instead, MCC will provide toothpaste when kits arrive at the warehouse and before distribution. Toothbrushes must be in their original packaging.

                                                     Watch the journey from your hands to theirs:

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