SchoolKits Assemble!

Sunday isn’t just a day of worship, but it can also be a day of service!
This last Sunday, September 8, Eugene Mennonite Church invited some other congregations to assemble school kits that Mennonite Central Committee will deliver to refugees around the world. We plus another 10 volunteers were able to have enough supplies and bags to assemble 397 kits. For months before the school kit team planned and asked businesses for supplies. In the end, each kit only cost 4 dollars!

The day before a troupe of EMC folks set up tables and loaded in the supplies, prepping them for the workers on Sunday, whom you can see assembling.

The day before a troupe of EMC folks set up tables and loaded in the supplies, prepping them for the workers on Sunday, whom you can see assembling.

Each school kit had pencils, colored pencils, notebooks, erasers, a pencil sharpener, pens, a ruler, four notebooks and more!

Each school kit had pencils, colored pencils, notebooks, erasers, a pencil sharpener, pens, a ruler, four notebooks and more!

Notebooks were the bulky part of the school kit, but essential!

Notebooks were the bulky part of the school kit, but essential!

Each cloth bag was hand-sewn with care and prayer!  They are not only stylish, but quite useful.

Each cloth bag was hand-sewn with care and prayer! They are not only stylish, but quite useful.

Linus is overjoyed watching the bags get filled.  Linus wanted to go to the refugees, but he wasn’t on the right kind of bag.  Sorry, Linus.

Linus is overjoyed watching the bags get filled. Linus wanted to go to the refugees, but he wasn’t on the right kind of bag. Sorry, Linus.

After each kit is finished, they were boxed together, loaded on the truck and taken to Hubbard, Oregon, where they await shipment.  Thanks especially to Becky Schenck for gathering most of the supplies, her and her husband John driving to Hubbard and organizing the whole!  We were so glad to do our part to help!

After each kit is finished, they were boxed together, loaded on the truck and taken to Hubbard, Oregon, where they await shipment. Thanks especially to Becky Schenck for gathering most of the supplies, her and her husband John driving to Hubbard and organizing the whole! We were so glad to do our part to help!

Steve Kimes