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Why MCC sends material resources

As followers of Jesus Christ, members of the Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations are aware of the importance of standing with those who are suffering and caring for their needs. Sharing resources is one concrete way to signal this awareness and desire to respond. The response is rooted in thankfulness and obedience to Christ. The underlying principles of compassion, mutual respect, partnership, and search for peace and justice for all people applies equally to the utilization of all MCC resources: people, money, food and material resources.

When is a material resource intervention necessary and appropriate?

In the event of a natural disaster, war or conflict, and economic and political injustices, emergency material aid intervention may be required for some communities. In addition to emergency relief and refugee settings, material resources may be appropriately used in institutions such as hospitals, orphanages and prisons, where people often depend on contributions to survive; to meet the needs of those among the poor who have the fewest resources; in development programs; and when material gifts are tangible ways to stand with people experiencing oppression, natural disaster or war.

What kind of material resource response is appropriate?

MCC places a priority on purchasing materials in-country or in the region if surpluses of appropriate commodities are available at prices comparable to world prices plus shipping expenses. Nearly all MCC responses will contain both locally purchased materials and resources sent from Canada, the United States, and Europe. Material resources will be shipped from Canada and the United States where MCC works in the following situations:

  • Available materials in MCC material resource centres are culturally appropriate.
  • Quality and quantity of materials given do not significantly disrupt the local market.
  • Local partners requested materials and are part of the planning for distribution and use.
  • Assistance is granted for a specific purpose and for a defined period of time.
     

Who determines the need, receives material resources, and implements material aid programs?

The local MCC partner agency takes the lead in designing, managing and implementing the material aid program together with the affected population.

Is material aid always a good thing?

A carefully planned material aid intervention can benefit the recipient and be a sign of God's caring and compassion for those affected by adverse conditions. Many who receive these gifts express thanks to the local partner, MCC and the church supporting MCC for thinking about them.

At the same time, sharing material resources, like sending personnel, food and dollars, remains challenging. When sharing material resources, one must work for equitable and appropriate distribution. Giving material resources can create long-lasting dependencies and put stress on local economic initiatives. For givers in Canada and the United States, sharing material resources must not be viewed as the panacea or only response called for by the church. Material resources are only part of the overall MCC response.

 

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Drop-off locations

Bring MCC kits and comforters to your nearest MCC office or any of the following drop-off locations.

CaliforniaIdaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington

If you don't find a nearby dropoff location, you may also contact your nearest MCC office to ask about possible options.

 

 
West Coast MCC
1010 G St.
Reedley CA 93654
(559) 638-6911
BIC Office at Pacific Christian Center
852 Alpine Street, Suite 2
Upland, California 91786
909-946-0809
 
 
Hyde Park Mennonite Church
1520 N. 12th St.
Boise ID 83702
(208) 336-9872
 
 
Mennonite Clothing Center
217 West Kauffman
Congerville, IL 61729
(309) 448-2255
 
 
Lombard MC
528 East Madison Street
Lombard, IL  60148
(630) 627-5310

North Suburban
324 Peterson Road
Libertyville, IL  60048
847-680-3990
 
Material Resource Center
at The Depot
1013 Division Street
Goshen IN 46528
(574) 534-4071

First Mennonite Church
4601 Knollton Road
Indianapolis, IN  46228
(317) 251-1980
 
 
Crowded Closet
1213 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 337-5924
 
 
Et Cetera Shop
22 North Main Street
Hutchinson, KS 67501
(620) 669-8932

Rainbow Mennonite Church
1444 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, Kansas, 66103
(913) 236-8820

MCC Central States office
121 E. 30th Street
North Newton, KS 67117-0235
(316) 283-2720

First Mennonite Brethren Church
8000 W 21st N
Wichita, KS 67205-1744
(316) 722-5885

Hope Mennonite Church
868 N Maize Rd
Wichita, KS 67212
(316) 722-0903
Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church
655 S Lorraine St
Wichita, KS 67211-3093
(316) 682-4555
 
 
Faith Mennonite Church
2720 East 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 375-9483
Ten Thousand Villages
867 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN
(612) 225-1043
 
 
World Craft & Thrift
123 E Newton
Versailles, MO 65084
(573) 378-5900
 
 
Et Cetera Gift & Thrift Shop
504 Seward Street
Seward, NE 68434
(402) 643-4767
 
 
Ten Thousand Villages
303 Lookout Rd
Montreat, NC 2875
(828) 669-1406
 
 
Care & Share Shop
1201 S. Defiance St.
Archbold, OH 43502
(419) 445-1926
MCC Connections
4080 Kidron Rd.
(next to Central Christian Schools)
Kidron OH 44636
(330) 857-7802


The Lantern
5914 Road R
Pandora OH 45877

 

 
 
 
Et Cetera Shop
121 N. State
Weatherford, OK 73096
(580) 772-7531
 
 
Zion Mennonite Church
6124 S. Whiskey Hill Road
Hubbard, OR 97032
(503) 651-2274 (Please call first)
 
 

Material Resources Center
517 West Trout Run Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 733-2847
EastCoastMRC@mcc.org 
Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

 


Cumberland Valley Relief Center
4225 Molly Pitcher Hwy
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 375-2088

 

Material Resource Center of Harleysville
737 Hagey Center Drive
Souderton, PA. 18964
mrc@mcc-harleysville.org
267-203-8074
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Et Cetera Shoppe
PO Box 345, 302 S. Main
Freeman, SD 57029
(605) 925-7098

MCC Central States Northern Tier Office
121 East 3rd St.
Freeman, SD 57029
(605) 925-4859

Mercy Church
2100 W. Ralph Rogers Rd.
(facing Western Av.)
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 336-9189

Lincoln Hills Bible Church
5401 S. Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 334-8111
Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church
1512 E. Mulberry St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 357-9125
 
 
 
Learning and Leadership Institute
427 N. Marlborough Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 943-4207

MCC Central States Southern Tier office
119 S. 13th Ave.
Edinburg, TX
(956) 383-7995

Houston Mennonite Church
1231 Wirt Rd.
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 464-4865
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
La Casa de Maria y Marta
602 Mission St.
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 534-2064
 
 
Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, Inc.
6011 Rawley Pike
Hinton, VA 22831
540-867-9751(home phone of Leon Rhodes)
* Please do not send mail or donations to this address.
 
 
Seattle Mennonite Church
3120 NE 125th St.
Seattle WA 98125
(206) 361-4630
 

Sewing kits

Sewing kits are used to make and mend clothing and create craft items. People in such countries as Haiti, Kenya and Ukraine have received MCC sewing kits.
 
Contents (NEW items only)
  • 3 spools white thread
  • 3 spools black thread (each spool 250 yards minimum; all-purpose; cotton/polyester or 100% polyester)
  • 1 metric fabric tape measure
  • 1 thimble(medium size)
  • 1 dressmaker’s scissors(good quality)
  • 1 pkg needles (approx 25)
  • 1 pkg straight pins (approx 100)
  • 12 matching, shirt-style, black or white buttons (approx size ½–1 in; place loose buttons in resealable plastic bag)
  • 1 pkg sew-on snaps (approx 20–25)
  • 10 assorted safety pins
 
Sewing kits are distributed in a useful double drawstring cloth bag (11in x 16in). You may sew the bag yourself (instructions), request bags from an MCC collection center, or donate contents that we will place in a bag.
Drop off completed sewing kits at one of the drop-off locations in Canada or the U.S.

Making kit bags
How to make the drawstring shoulder bag for the kit contents.

Sewing kit shipments
See where MCC has shipped sewing kits.

Drop-off locations
Find out where you can send or drop off your kits and material resources.

Cash for kits
Help MCC buy needed items for families in their home communities or regions.

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School kits

School kits are MCC’s most-requested item. Notebooks and pencils become treasures to families who struggle
to afford basic school supplies. School kits also are given to refugee and displaced children, helping students and
teachers add some normalcy to disrupted lives. They are frequently requested after disasters. MCC sends school kits to places including Afghanistan, Jordan and Kenya.

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School Kit Contents.

  • 4 spiral or perforated notebooks (8 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2 in and 70 sheets)
  • 8 unsharpened pencils
  • 1 ruler(flat, flexible plastic; indicating both 30 cm and 12 in)
  • 12 colored pencils (in packaging)
  • 1 large pencil eraser

School kits are distributed in a useful double drawstring cloth bag (11in x 16in). You may sew the bag yourself  (instructions), request bags from an MCC collection center, or donate contents that we will place in a bag.

Drop off completed school kits at one of the drop-off locations in Canada or the U.S.

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Making kit bags

How to make the drawstring shoulder bag for the kit contents.

School kit shipments
See where MCC has shipped school kits.

Find out where you can send or drop off your kits and material resources.
 
Help MCC buy needed items for families in their home communities or regions.
 

Education efforts
Explore MCC's work in education through the Global Family education sponsorship program.

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Relief kits

 

Relief kits provide valuable supplies to families traumatized by war and disasters. In recent years,
kits have been sent to El Salvador, Honduras and Iraq.
 
Contents (NEW items only, in original packaging)
  • 4 large bars bath soap
  • 1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
  • 4 large bars laundry soap (Some stores carry Fels Naptha ®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
  • 4 adult-size toothbrushes
  • 4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
  • 2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)
  • 1 fingernail clipper(good quality)
  • 1 box adhesive bandages(minimum 40 count, assorted)
  • 1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi)
 
*due to strict regulations some countries have on the expiration date of toothpaste we are no longer requesting toothpaste be donated with the kit.  We will instead purchase toothpaste which to be included with the kits when they ship from our warehouse.
 
Place contents in a box or bag and deliver to one of the drop-off locations in Canada or the U.S. The kit will be re-packed in a new 5-gallon plastic pail with lid.
 

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Drop-off locations
Find out where you can send or drop off your kits and material resources.

Relief kit shipments
See where MCC has shipped relief kits.

Cash for kits
Help MCC buy needed items for families in their home communities or regions.

 
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Infant Care kits

MCC distributes infant care kits to hospitals, clinics and refugee camps. Kits are given to mothers who use the items to help their infants get a good start in places such as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), El Salvador and Serbia.

Contents (NEW items only, size 3-9 months)

  • 2 gowns/sleepers (flannel or similar warm, soft material)
  • 2 undershirts/onesies (short or long sleeves)
  • 4 cloth diapers (flat-fold preferred)
  • 1 receiving blanket (lightweight fleece or flannel; minimum 36 in)
  • 4 safety pins(2 in)
  • 1 large bar mild soap(leave in wrapper)
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 cap

 

Thank you for limiting your generosity to the items listed.

Remove packaging material (except soap) and fold into the receiving blanket. Fasten together with the safety pins.
Contact your local MCC warehouse/activity center for a new design for hand-sewn gowns.
Note: Items can either be purchased or hand sewn. Packages of precut materials are available from some MCC offices.

 

Drop off completed infant care kits at one of the drop-off locations in Canada or the U.S.

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Infant care kit shipments
See where MCC has shipped newborn kits.

Find out where you can send or drop off your kits and material resources.
 
Help MCC buy needed items for families in their home communities or regions.
 
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Hygiene kits

Hygiene kits are often presented to displaced people who do not have access to hygiene supplies. Some are given through schools or orphanages to encourage children in healthy habits. People in such countries as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Haiti and Bosnia and Herzegovina have received hygiene kits in the past few years.
 
Contents (NEW items, in original packaging)
  • 1 adult-size toothbrush
    1 large bar bath soap
    1 fingernail clipper (good quality)
    1 hand towel (larger than fingertip, dark color)
 
*due to strict regulations some countries have on the expiration date of toothpaste we are no longer requesting toothpaste be donated with the kit.  We will instead purchase toothpaste which to be included with the kits when they ship from our warehouse.
Hygiene kits are distributed in a useful double drawstring cloth bag (11in x 16in). You may sew the bag yourself (instructions), request bags from an MCC collection center or donate contents that we will place in a bag. Drop off completed hygiene kits at one of the drop-off locations in Canada or the U.S.

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Making kit bags
How to make the drawstring bag for the kit contents.

Hygiene kit shipments
See where MCC has shipped health kits.

Find out where you can send or drop off your kits and material resources.
 
Help MCC buy needed items for families in their home communities or regions.
 
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Kits and blankets

We thank the hundreds of thousands of people who have put together kits or sewn blankets over the years both for their generosity and their dedication to providing high-quality items that can withstand the harsh conditions that many people who receive these supplies are facing.

Cash for kits
Help MCC buy needed items for families in their home communities or regions. Sometimes when a disaster strikes, it makes sense for MCC to purchase items locally to enable a quick response, when culturally appropriate or when government restrictions don't allow supplies to come into a country.

Why does MCC send material resources?

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