Health Kits for Haiti Relief Relay Scheduled for End of Month

February 02, 2010

Los Altos UMC to Be Drop-off Point

Los Altos United Methodist Church will be a one-time drop off point, at the end of February, for health kits to be trucked to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) warehouse in Salt Lake City – and the Conference is asking for five other churches to jump in and do the same. 
Churches in the Los Altos area are asked to drop off kits (and raw materials for them) on Sunday, February 28, from noon to 2 p.m., at Los Altos UMC, 655 Magdalena Avenue in Los Altos, California.
"We need at least five more churches to be collection points," says Phil Bandy, Interim Director of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Office for the California-Nevada Annual Conference. In addition, Bandy says, "We need churches to partner up and form 'pony express' relays to get the kits to those collection points."
Los Altos has made arrangements with a transport company to pick up the shipment in the afternoon on March 1. Bandy hopes to arrange for churches that will be on the route to Salt Lake City to prepare to add to the Los Altos truck as it passes through. 
"We can fit 20,000 kits into a single 18 wheeler!" he says. "We will set up similar runs starting in Bakersfield, Redding, Eureka, San Ramon, and Sacramento."
The UMCOR warehouse in Salt Lake City already has sent around 23,000 health kits to Haiti and put out an urgent request for more. Families, community groups, and churches are encouraged to help re-supply the warehouse with health kits and the materials for them.
A Health Kit includes these items (and nothing else), inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.
·         1 hand towel (15" x 25" up to 17" x 27" – NO kitchen towels!)
·         1 washcloth
·         1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
·         1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
·         1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
·         1 toothbrush (single brushes only, in original wrapper; NO child-size brushes)
·         6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
Completed kits may be put into boxes (3-cubic-foot boxes preferred). Please note, on the outside of the box, the number of health kits it contains.
In addition, UMCOR requests a check for $2 per kit to cover the cost of providing toothpaste and shipping to the final destination. Please put "Advance # 901440" on the memo line of the check (and note your church's GCFA number in order for your church to receive credit for the donation). The check may be placed in an envelope, which then should be taped to the outside of the box.
Individuals or groups also may ship boxes of health kits directly to the warehouse at: UMCOR West Office and Depot, 1479 South 700 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1605.
In addition to monetary contributions to relief agencies operating in Haiti, the health kits provide a tangible way for people to contribute to the relief efforts. Los Altos UMC has already sent more than 500 health kits to the Salt Lake City warehouse and is continuing to collect and assemble health kits. By taking care of the cost of shipping the kits to Salt Lake City, the church hopes to enable more people to participate in the effort.