Several churches have joined Los Altos United Methodist Church in volunteering to be a collection point for health kits and health kit materials, which will be delivered to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) depot in Salt Lake City, for transport to earthquake victims in Haiti.
Please try to get your kits and materials to one of the following churches (listed alphabetically by city):
Auburn, Pioneer UMC
Bakersfield, Wesley UMC
Hayward, First UMC
Los Altos UMC
Oakdale, Community UMC
San Jose, Almaden Hills UMC
San Jose, Korean UMC of Santa Clara Valley (one-time collection
during SJ District Quarterly Conference, Sat. Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Stockton, St. Mark's UMC
If there isn't a church near you on this list, think about creating a relay system, in which your church transports its kits and materials to another church on the route, and that church adds to the shipment and moves everything farther up the chain to another church on the route, which repeats the process – and so on until the shipment reaches one of the collection points.
Or try to reach out to other churches and groups in your community to put together at least 100 pounds of material. That will enable use of bulk freight to get the shipment to one of the collection points. (Please be prepared to contribute to the cost of shipping beyond the collection point, as well.)
If your church wants to be a collection point but does not appear on this list, please notify the Conference's United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Office by contacting Phil Bandy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Eddie Frutchey at email@example.com.
The goal is to have a large truck make the rounds of the collection points on February 28. ("Plan B" is that the UMVIM Office will utilize the bulk freight shipping option to pick up the materials from the collection points.)