In Brief — Aug. 31, 2005 {0353}

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In Brief  — Aug. 31, 2005

Aug. 31, 2005    News media contact:  Tita Parham*    
800-282-8011     Orlando {0353}

UMCOR issues emergency appeal for health kits, water and blankets

An e-Review News Item
By Bishop Edward W. Paup**

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has issued an emergency appeal for Health Kits, bottled water and blankets for survivors of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.

The need is desperate throughout the area devastated by the storm, especially among people who have been or are being evacuated from their homes.

The need for Health Kits is especially acute, according to Gwen E. Redding, director of the Sager Brown Depot of UMCOR in Baldwin, LA. The center is to the west of the major storm impact and did not sustain major damage.

"We are getting calls from all over," Redding said, "and we do have kits on hand, but not enough to fill all the requests coming from the Gulf and around the world."

The center also needs Flood Buckets but Health Kits are in greatest demand. For information on Flood Buckets visit New blankets are preferred, but recently cleaned blankets in good condition are acceptable.

Annual Conferences, districts and congregations are urged to take the supplies in trucks or vans to the center, if possible. The roads are open in the area. Money can also be donated to UMCOR for the kits. If delivery is made, Sager Brown will have personnel on hand for unloading any day or hour. Persons who may need overnight accommodations should contact the director of voluntary services at 337-923-2027, extension 202, or

A Health Kit contains specific items:

1 hand towel (15" x 25 " up to 17 " x 27")
1 wash cloth
1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
1 bath-sized bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
1 toothbrush (single brush only in original wrapper; no child-sized brushes)
1 large tube of toothpaste (4.5 oz. or larger, expiration date must be six months or
        longer in advance of the date of shipment to Sager Brown)
6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages

All items should be placed inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag. No money, notes, religious or political literature, or other items should be placed in the kits. The value of a health kit is $12.00, if persons want to contribute the money. For kit contents, make gifts to UMCOR Advance #901440, "Material Resources."

Given the emergency, delivery is strongly encouraged, but kits may also be shipped to: UMCOR Sager Brown Depot, P.O. Box 850, 131 Sager Brown Road, Baldwin, LA 70514-0850. Please also provide $1.00 per kit to cover distribution costs. This many be sent to Sager Brown to the UMCOR Advance #982730, "Contain Your Joy."


This article relates to Disaster Response.

*Parham managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Paup is bishop of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference and president of United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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