Woodland United Methodist Church has agreed to be the one-time collection point, this weekend, for churches to drop off health and layette kits and raw materials, to be trucked next week to the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City.
The "kit roundup" will be Sunday, January 24, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Woodland UMC is located at 212 Second Street in Woodland, at the corner of North and Second Streets, adjacent to the Courthouse. (The office is around the side, at 620 North Street.)
Phil Bandy, director of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Office for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, says, "If you have not already been collecting kits or kit materials, and/or can't get them to Woodland by this Sunday, we plan another roundup of materials at Woodland for another truckload in a month.
"Churches also may ship kits directly to UMCOR West* when they are ready.
"We also have two more UMVIM teams lined up to go to the depot later this year, and churches can perhaps send kits with them."
Bandy will head the January 25-29 trip to deliver kits to UMCOR West, where the team will sort and pack kits. If you would like to go along, contact Bandy immediately.
*All materials from the California-Nevada Annual Conference should be sent to: UMCOR West Office and Depot, 1479 South 700 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1605.
Hanford volunteer shows up and gets to work
The day before the earthquake in Haiti, Jim Gregory, a mission volunteer from Hanford UMC, asked for a tour of the Salt Lake City facility since he was going to be in the area later that week.
"I talked to Brian Diggs at the UMCOR warehouse [and] we agreed on Friday afternoon. He said things were quiet, and that would be fine."
By Friday afternoon, though, it was anything but quiet. That was January 15 - and by then, everyone knew about Haiti.
"When I arrived, there was a lot of activity. Following a short tour, I had no problem finding a table to sort and pack health kits.
"It was wonderful seeing about 30 of the local United Methodists in the Salt Lake City area who had answered the calls to come in to the warehouse on short notice to pack health kits for shipment to Haiti," Gregory says.
To date the warehouse has shipped some 23,000 health kits to Haiti, and as a result, Diggs says, its supplies are "critically low." Cal-Nevada churches that have been collecting kits already are urged to get them to the Woodland UMC drop-off this weekend, if at all possible.