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MCC school kit drive underway in Manitoba

August 15, 2008

WINNIPEG, Man. -- Every year more than 100,000 school-age children whose lives have been interrupted by war, disaster and poverty receive a draw-string bag filled with new school supplies.

Annual school kit drives make it possible for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to send school kits to children in Iraq, Bosnia, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Nepal and many other countries, said Brad Reimer, coordinator of MCC Manitoba’s school kit drive in Manitoba.

Each kit contains four notebooks, four unsharpened pencils, a package of 12 coloured pencils, a ruler and large eraser. These supplies are packed in hand-sewn fabric bags and distributed in schools and orphanages. Last year close to 30,000 school kits were assembled in Canada.

The hands-on approach of buying school supplies for MCC school kits provides a meaningful activity for families and groups, said Reimer.

In addition to providing much needed educational supplies, Reimer said MCC school kits provide something else—a sense of hope and encouragement.

“When you look at the expressions on the faces of the kids when they receive their kits we know that they are treasured and accepted as gifts of love,” he said. “For many children this is one of the few times in their lives that they will get something new.”

Supplies for MCC school kits can be dropped off at MCC Manitoba’s office in Winnipeg, 134 Plaza Drive.

MCC also needs financial donations to offset shipping costs and purchase school supplies and depends on volunteers to sew the fabric draw-string bags and assemble the kits.

Visit for more information on MCC school kits or call (888) 622-6337.