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July 6, 2018

Hygiene Kits on September 30

Since 1996, the Lancaster Church of the Brethren (LCOB) has supplied Church World Service (CWS) with more than 19,000 hygiene kits. This project, originally started by the Pathfinders Fellowship now has the support of many members who donate money and help in assembling the kits.

On Sunday, September 30, the group will assemble hygiene kits following the 10:15 worship services.

In 2017 CWS reported that 123,039 hygiene kits were distributed to disaster areas in the United States. 26,700 were sent to Syria, with an additional 7,200 going to Syrian refugees in Jordan. In addition 15,000 kits went to Cuba, 7,500 to Armenia, 1,147 to Guyana and 180 to the Dominican Republic, which, by the way, were distributed by members of Lancaster COB through the MEPA mission trip.

A Thank You letter to LCOB from CWS, states — Disasters can strike anywhere, anytime. And they can take many forms: tornadoes, earthquakes, civil conflict, drought, hurricanes and more. Caring people like you – who understand the urgency of responding after a disaster – allow people in crisis to receive help when they need it and hope for the future.

This fall the anticipated costs is $3,500 to purchase the supplies needed for the 600 kits and pay CWS for shipping and handling. Please support this effort with your donations and your hands. Checks should be made payable to LCOB with hygiene kits on the memo line. Any questions, contact Suzanne Schaudel.