IPC Lenten Project for Church World Service (CWS)
Looking for a way to make this Lenten season more meaningful? You can help make a difference in the lives of others by joining our IPC Small Group participants in a special Church World Service donation project now underway. The IPC Small Groups have begun a special project during Lent to help assemble badly needed kits for CWS (Church World Service). These include School Kits that give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning. Hygiene Kits that can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families in the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty; and Emergency Cleanup Buckets that provide supplies to families and communities affected by flooding, tornados and other disasters. In 2016, Church World Service distributed more than 230,000 of these kits. 38% of these helped people right here in the US, with many also providing relief to refugee camps in Syria, Serbia, and other parts of the world.
This year the IPC Session has approved use of allocated funds from several of our 2016 special offerings to fund the assembly of these kits for donation to CWS. Our Small Groups will be using these funds to purchase the many components that make up the School and Hygiene Kits. With the funds already available, this should allow us to assemble at least 25-30 of each kit. There is also a particular need for Emergency Cleanup Buckets, as fewer of these are usually donated due to higher cost (usually $45-$50). We would also like to be able to assemble and donate as many Emergency Cleanup Buckets as possible, but we will be depending on additional cash contributions from the congregation to make that happen. Please consider making a special contribution for these buckets before the deadline.
All donations must be received no later than April 16 (Easter Sunday) so there is time to purchase any additional components. Everyone is then invited to a special Family Night Supper on April 23 at 5:00pm to help assemble the kits. The assembled kits will then be dropped off at Downtown Presbyterian Church for coordinated shipment to CWS. If you would like to know more about the components for each kit, see the complete descriptions that follow. We hope you will join IPC in making this a memorable activity that will bring relief to those in need at this special time of year.
CWS School Kits
School kits give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning.
Here’s what you’ll need
- One pair of blunt scissors removed from the package (rounded tip, only)
- Three 70-count bound notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
- One 30-centimeter / 12” ruler
- One hand-held pencil sharpener removed from the package
- One large eraser (no pencil cap erasers)
- Six new, unsharpened pencils with erasers removed from the package
- One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
- One 12”x14” to 14”x17” finished size cotton or lightweight canvas bag (solid color or kid-friendly fabric) with cloth handles (no reusable shopping bags, backpacks, or bags with logos)
CWS Hygiene Kits
In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- One hand towel measuring approximately 15″ x 28″ to 16″ x 32″ (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
- One washcloth
- One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
- One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
- One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper
- One toothbrush in the package
- Ten standard size Band-Aids
All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing. Do NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each hygiene kit just prior to its final journey.
CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets
You can provide assistance to families and communities affected by flooding, tornados and other disasters.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
- Four scouring pads
- Seven sponges, including one large
- One scrub brush
- Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)
- One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
- One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
- One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
- One package of 48-50 clothespins
- Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
- Five dust masks
- Two pairs non surgical latex gloves
- One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
- 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
- One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent
All cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape.