Each year First UMC Middletown assembles dozens of emergency health kits distributed by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). We call them #hopekits, because they help people in the middle of emergencies to have the basics of health - and hope. This year, we are reaching out not only to our members but to the entire Middletown area community to help us with this important effort. You can help!
They are easy and inexpensive to assemble - and you can drop them off at our 221 Ridge Road office any time, where we will collect them and ship them to UMCOR. When the office is closed, a bin will be available on the porch. Instructions on what to get and how to assemble a kit are on this page. Please help us to turn those dozens of hopekits into hundreds, and to spread the word!
You see the images every day on television, on the Web and in print: people displaced by natural disasters, war, and political strife. Today, we are looking at the thousands of families in Louisiana who have lost virtually everything they have in catastrophic floods. Maintaining basic health in these circumstances is a life or death matter for many this very moment around the world. May God bless you through your helping!
How to assemble #hopekits
What you need to make a #hopekit
15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches; Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable.
❑ 1 washcloth
❑ 1 comb
Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long; No pocket combs or picks please;
Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth.
❑ 1 metal nail file or nail clippers
No emery boards, please.
❑ 1 bath-size soap
3 oz. and larger sizes only; No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content; Do not remove from original packaging.
❑ 1 toothbrush
Adult size only; Do not remove from original packaging.
❑ 6 adhesive bandages
¾ inch to 1 inch-size; Common household Band-Aids.
❑ 1 plastic bag
One-gallon size sealable bag only.
❑ $1.00 to purchase toothpaste, (optional additional $1 to help with shipping)