Friday, May 15, 2015


We all know that UMCOR constantly needs various kits--others are listed in this blog--but right now health kits are their greatest need. Additionally, the North Texas Conference UMW is collecting health kits and/or their contents as our annual project and our goal is 7500 kits by the time of our annual celebration on October 17. Listed below are the contents and instructions for compiling the kit.

To print two copies per 8-1/2x11 page, copy the information into a Word document, format it for narrow margins and two columns. Then you can print sheets back-to-back, cut the pages in half vertically, and have two narrow handouts per sheet.
United Methodist
Committee on Relief

Where 100% of the gift goes to the designated project

Health Kits
Value: $12.00

1 hand towel
15x25 to 17x27 inches; kitchen, cleaning and microfiber towels not acceptable

1 washcloth

1 comb
Comb needs to be sturdy; no pocket combs or picks, please; rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable

1 metal nail file or clipper
No emery boards or toenail clippers, please

1 bath-size soap
3 oz. and larger sizes only; do not remove from original packaging

1 toothbrush
Adult size only; do not remove from original packaging

6 adhesive bandages
¾” to 1” size; common household bandaids

1 plastic bag
One-gallon size sealable bags only

$1 to purchase toothpaste

Pack items in a secure box and address to UMCOR, Sager Brown Depot, POBox 850, 131 Sager Brown Road, Baldwin, LA 70514-0850

(For regular donations, you may send $12 to UMCOR, 475 Riverside Drive, #1520, New York, NY 10115. Include an extra dollar for shipping. You may also contribute on-line at

Assembly Directions
Set the $1 for toothpaste aside to be included in a separate envelope.

Lay out the hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel. Place all remaining items on top of the wash cloth. Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all of the items. Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all of the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag.

Important Notes
-All items must be new.
-Do not wash any of the items, as they will then be considered used.
-Please remove all packaging except as noted.
-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 material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.

-UMCOR is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before being sent. Do not put single dollar bills in each kit. Collect all monies for toothpaste and shipping, place it in a separate envelope and send along with the kit donations.

Packing Kits
Box Weight. Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.

Shipping Kits
1.Complete two packing lists—one for your records and one to put on the shipping box. If you are sending a complete health kit/s, you may simply indicate how many kits at the value declared on this sheet.
2.Paste the shipping label/packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
3. Processing & Shipping Costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1 for each kit you send. This donation enables UMCOR to send kits without administrative costs.