According to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), there will be a great need for volunteers to help rebuild once the initial crisis is past, but it is not safe or possible for volunteers to go to Haiti at the present. However, UMCOR’s two relief supply warehouses are asking United Methodists to provide health kits and layette kits that will be sent to Haiti. Instructions for assembling and shipping health kits are available on the UMCOR Web site at

Here is information for those who would like to take a volunteer team to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Illinois to assemble the shipment to Haiti. There is a need for volunteer groups in the months of February and March. Please contact MMDC to make your team’s reservations. Contact: Midwest Mission Distribution Center, 1022 New City Road, P.O. Box 56, Chatham, IL 62629, phone: 217-483-7911, fax 217-483-7981 or online at


Please be sure all items are new.

Health Kits – Suggested shipping donation $1 per kit to defray costs. 1 hand towel (not finger-tip or kitchen size), 1 wash cloth, 1 comb (regular size, not pocket size, no rat-tail combs, no barber combs; suggestion – Little Goody 2 Pack), 1 fingernail clipper or file (no emery boards), 1 bar of soap (3 oz. or larger in original wrapper), 1 toothbrush (in original single wrapper, no multiple packs), 1 tube of toothpaste (3.5 oz or larger, in original wrapper. Check expiration dates; it must be at least ONE YEAR ahead.), 6 adhesive bandages (*Band-Aids; no pictures or colors, regular size and wrapped in a rubber band). Wrap the items in the hand towel. Items may be placed in a one-gallon plastic zip-closure bag. All new items please. Please make sure all items are correct sizes. If they are not the correct size they are unusable.

Layette Kits – Suggested shipping donation $1 per kit to defray costs. All new items. Many women do not have clothes with which to welcome a newborn into the world. Layette kits provide them with basic supplies. Include: 6 cloth diapers (3-ply birdseye, new), 2 undershirts or onesies, 2 baby washcloths, 2 gowns or sleepers, 2 diaper pins, 1 sweater, and 2 receiving blankets (no quilts or knitted). Bundle the items inside one of the blankets and secure it with diaper pins.


We are grateful that donations continue to come in online. Donors may also contribute by placing a check in the offering plate at any United Methodist church or by mailing it to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Checks should indicate “Advance #418325” in the memo line.

Offerings received in congregations need to be sent to their District Centers using the same P.O. Box address used when sending in the conference tithe. Checks sent to the conference office should have “Haiti Emergency” in the memo line. Thank you for your generous contributions.

Remember, 100 percent of gifts go directly to Haiti Earthquake relief efforts. Administrative cost has been paid through the One Great Hour of Sharing special Sunday offering.

For more Indiana Conference-related information about recovery efforts, early response training, kit assemblage and special offerings to UMCOR for Haiti Emergency, visit and click on Haiti Emergency in left column.

UMCOR volunteers assemble health kits at Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La.