I’m not Mennonite, but I love living and worshiping in the same towns as the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The work in which they are engaged around the world is beautiful. They were one of the earliest to support fair trade in a big way with their Ten Thousand Villages stores, the flagship of which is very near my home.
And when disaster or famine or war strikes, MCC is right there, providing relief and comfort. Cleaning up and building again. Ensuring basic services and safety. Promoting peace and living out the love of Christ.
So when I rode by their Materials Resources Center and saw that they were advertising the need of both relief kits and hygiene kits, I would share it with all of you.
Hygiene kits are passed out to refugees and schoolchildren and are simple to put together. The link will take you to the list, but it includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, a fingernail clipper, soap and a towel. You can sew your own bag from the instructions on the site or MCC volunteers will provide the bags.
Relief kits are more extensive. More towels and hygiene items are pack at MCC in a 5-gallon plastic pail with a lid. The pail can be used by the recipient for hauling water or other needs. Or it can provide waterproof storage.
Next time you’re at the store, why not put together a few kits? The kids will love picking out the supplies. And somewhere someone living in the wake of disaster, will receive concrete proof that someone cares.