South Portland United Methodist Church Collecting Health Kit Items

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UMCOR Health Kits for Haiti are being collected. Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. You may bring any individual items, or place the group of items for one full kit inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag. Please place in the boxes provided in the back of the church or in Ellis Hall next to the office.

• 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

• $2.00 ($1 to purchase toothpaste and $1 for processing/ shipping costs for each kit).

(NOTE: UMCOR is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent.)

Important Kit Assembly Information:

• All items included in kits must be NEW items.

• All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items-nothing more.

• Do NOT include any personal notes, money or additional materials in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.

Peoples UMC is the drop-off site for the Greater Portland area, and all kits will be collected by UMCOR the first week of March. Carol Bruneau is looking for a team to help assemble the first round of kits after church on February 7. Kits will be collected through the end of February.

The church is located at 310 Broadway South Portland, ME 04106. Kits can be dropped off Sunday during worship, or weekdays 8am-1pm through the Mussey Street entrance. For questions you may call 799-1413.