Last year, we gave canned items and toiletries to a local food bank. This year, we are giving items to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to distribute to others. We chose Newborn Kits. What is a Newborn Kit, you ask? Per their website:
"MCC distributes infant care kits to hospitals, clinics and refugee camps. Infant care kits are sent to assist mothers in giving their children a good start in Bosnia, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, North Korea, Serbia, Russia and Ukraine.
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 (light weight fleece or flannel; minimum 92cm / 36 in)
- 4 safety pins (5cm / 2in)
- 1 large bar mild soap (leave in wrapper)
- 1 pair of socks
- 1 cap
- 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."
Our family chose to bless a girl and a boy this year. It was an honor to pray over our kits as we folded everything inside the receiving blanket.
|Kits being made for MCC|