BALTIMORE – Leaders of the Baltimore-Washington Conference (BWC) have announced a missional response to the riot and other unrest affecting the residents of Baltimore. Health and hygiene items, along with nonperishable food items, are being collected immediately and will be distributed at three Baltimore churches.
Following the destruction of the CVS pharmacy on the corner of West North and Pennsylvania avenues and the temporary closing of other drug and grocery stores in parts of the city, many residents in this disadvantaged neighborhood have no place to get basic hygiene items. BWC leaders, in partnership with local churches, are collecting health kits and food.
The health kits include a hand towel, washcloth, nail file or nail clippers, bath-size soap, toothbrush, six adhesive bandages, a gallon-size sealable plastic bag and toothpaste.
Specific instructions for packing a United Methodist Committee on Relief Health Care kit can be found at www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/Health.
However, in this instance, conference leaders are requesting that combs not be included and items like deodorant and other non-drug staples that ordinarily can be bought at a drug store be added.
The supplies are being collected and distributed at:
•Metropolitan UMC, 1121 W. Lanvale Street in Baltimore, 410-523-1366;
•Ames UMC, 615 Baker Street in Baltimore, 443-438-6555; and
•John Wesley UMC, 3202 North Avenue in Baltimore, 410-383-1525.
Director of Connectional Ministries Sandra Ferguson reports that the conference has requested and will receive immediately 1,000 health care kits and 500 layette sets from UMCOR for immediate distribution.
Monetary contributions to help in ongoing ministries in Baltimore are being collected on the conference website.
Rev. Joan Carter Rimbach, the conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission coordinator, will oversee this missional response. Contact her at (410) 206-8737.