PUMC Assembling Hygiene Kits for Migrants (July 2019)

Posted by on Jul 13, 2019 in EventAnnouncement, Mission: Beyond our Community, UMCOR | 0 comments

The needs of people held in detention facilities is constantly before us, and the Church is reaching out on a human level to help them.  Regardless of the politics regarding border security, the human need is desperate.

UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief) is in the process of delivering Hygiene Kits to detainees who have been released to “Transitional Centers.”  We are unable to provide help to those held in the detention centers that we’ve heard so much about, but we can help them once they reach the Transitional Centers.


Hygiene Kits

PUMC is joining the effort by supplying UMCOR with “Hygiene Kits.”  The contents and makeup of these “kits” is specifically defined in detail by UMCOR.  In our church, we can either donate a completed kit (made according to their instructions), or we can donate items which can be included in the kits. 

Here are the instructions from UMCOR.  It is important to adhere closely to these details:

Hygiene Kit Contents

  • One hand towel (15 x 25 –17 x 27 inches) No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels 

  • One washcloth

  • One comb Must be sturdy with at least 6 inches of teeth. No pocket combs or picks.  Rattail and combs without handles are acceptable but must have at least 6 inches of teeth

  • One toenail or fingernail clipper    No emery boards or metal nail files 

  • Bath-size soap (3 oz. bar or larger) No Ivory or Jergen’s soap.   Do not remove from packaging.

  • One adult toothbrush Do not remove from packaging.  Personal advertising not acceptable.

  • 10 adhesive bandages (¾ by 3 inches) Common household bandages acceptable.

  • One one-gallon size re-sealable bag


Important Notes

  • All items must be new.
  • Do not wash any of the items as they will no longer be considered new.
  • Do not include any personal notes, money or additional materials in the kits.
  • Contents of kits, or the containers of kits, should not be imprinted with cartoon characters, advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols.


Assembly Directions

  1. Lay hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth in the center of the hand towel.
  2. Place all remaining items on top of the washcloth (except the plastic bag). 
  3. Fold the sides of the hand towel to cover the items.
  4. Grasp the bundle tightly and roll over the remainder of the towel. 
  5. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag, remove air, and seal.
  6. Bring to PUMC when finished.


You can either contribute any of the above items, or assemble a complete kit yourself.  UMCOR has produced the below video showing how to assemble a kit…



Printable Shopping List

If you want to head off to your local Dollar Store to pick up some items for a kit (or to assemble a full kit yourself), here’s a PDF version of the above list of items. 

Click on the button, print out the list, and take it with you when you go shopping:   Shopping List  





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