It's nearly time for the 2016 Thanksgiving Ingathering! Are you and your church ready for this event? Here are some last minute messages for the Mt. Pleasant site.
Hope to see lots of you at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, November 5, anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. Let's do our part to address hunger problems locally and globally.
INGATHERING KIT UPDATES FOR 2016
Many churches are working on the Ingathering kits for the 37th Thanksgiving Ingathering. This is a quick reminder of some of the changes to the kits for this year.
SCHOOL KITS. Purchased bags CAN be used if they are sturdy and are the general size requested, about 14” by 16” completed. Many school bags sent to the UMCOR Depot have to be resewn because the edges are not serged or zig-zagged (edges tend to ravel if they are not). Other reasons for rejection are that the bags are not made of one piece of material and are not made of heavy-duty material. Denim and upholstery or drapery material are good because they do not stretch and will last for a long time. Do not use holiday or camouflage designs. There can be NO advertising, religious, patriotic or military designs on anything. Pencil sharpeners need to be bigger than 1 inch.
UMCOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEWING SCHOOL BAGS. Cut material 15” by 36”. Fold to make a 15” by 18” bag. Serge side seams and around the top OR straight stitch with zigzag overlock reinforcement. Fold top edge to inside 2” so bag is 16” long. Make handles by cutting 2 3” by 23” pieces of heavy duty fabric. Fold in half lengthwise and serge OR turn sides in 1/2” and top stitch. Reinforce with 2 or 3 rows of topstitching. The finished handle should be 1” by 23”. Pin handles to the bag, one handle per side, like a grocery bag. Pin 2” from side of bag and extend 2” inside of bag. Finish by straight stitching around the top twice (once near the top of the bag and once near the bottom edge of the handle). Back stitch over the handles to reinforce. Finished bag is 14” by 16” with 19” handles.
HEALTH KITS. Toothbrushes must be adult sized and should not be too flimsy. Combs have to have at least 6 inches of teeth and be of sturdy material (not thin plastic). Soap must be in a wrapper, be at least 3 oz. and NOT Jergens or Ivory (they are too soft and melt too easily).
LAYETTES. Diapers can be made as long as the material is unwashed. Receiving blankets can also be made as long at they are made of flannel. For the IOWA-NIGERIA LAYETTES, do not use onesies. They need undershirts up to 6 month size as the snaps tend to rust. You CAN buy onesies and then cut them off and hem the edge. The diaper pins must have the protective plastic closures—no regular safety pins.
UMCOR does not need any birthing kits. Nigeria still is requesting them.
Be sure to label the layettes for Nigeria or UMCOR as they are very different kits. Also label the Birthing kits as being for Nigeria.
If you want more specific instruction for the UMCOR kits, go to www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies. There are written instructions and videos on how to make items and how to assemble the kits.
It seems like there are a lot of “rules and regulations” for the UMCOR kits, but these are sent all over the world and different governments have different stipulations. Also, UMCOR has been doing this for a long, long time and they know what works and what doesn't. Remember, we don't make these kits to feel good about ourselves, but to help our sisters and brothers here in this country and around the world.