Relief Kits

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) collects hygiene, school, and cleaning kits for distribution within the United States. Relief kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies when a disaster strikes.

New at annual conference for 2018
At annual conference in June 2018, we are asking churches to bring UMCOR kits yet again. As an added variation from previous years’ collections, we’re asking each district to bring individual items for the hygiene and school kits. Bring bulk supplies as listed in this document (click here) for your district. Supplies and all completed kits will be shipped to the UMCOR depot in Baldwin, Louisiana.

Completed kits are always welcome – school, hygiene, and cleaning kits.

For instructions on how to assemble each of the kits, visit the UMCOR website by clicking here.
Note: Patriotic symbols, such as flags, do not need to be removed from relief kits any longer.
Thank you to Coleman American/COVAN for providing the truck and then shipping the kits for us to the Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana. Consider using this company for your moving needs because of the great support they offer our annual conference and UMCOR.
Thank you to all the many churches that participated in our 2017 UMCOR Relief Kit drive at Annual Conference. We received a record number of kits - 4,944! These kits will be used throughout the world to provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis.
Here are some statistics about the 2017 kit collection drive:
by kit:
Health kits: 3,823
School kits: 1,076
Cleaning buckets: 34
Bedding kits: 11
by district:
Baypines: 1,720
Montg-Prattville: 1,646
Mobile: 435  (*417 of which were from the district UMW)
Pensacola: 332
Dothan: 305
Montg-Opelika: 241
Demopolis: 213
Marianna/Panama City: 52
Total: 4,944


Send financial donations to UMCOR by following the instructions at one of these links:
One Great Hour of Sharing: covers UMCOR's administrative costs
Disaster Relief - USA: provides relief to people affected by disasters in the USA
Shipping Costs: covers the costs of shipping relief kits around the world
Relief Kit Supplies (Material Resources): pays for relief kit supplies that are still needed
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Sending Relief Supply Kits:

UMCOR Supply Kits help to care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. They also help to sustain everyday life by providing basic necessities to people who lack ready access to essential supplies. By donating kit supplies or financial gifts to purchase the supplies, you make a direct, tangible difference in sustaining people's lives. 

International distribution of relief supplies has been discontinued as of December 31, 2017. Relief grants will be offered to international partners to allow for local purchase and assembly of kits which are more culturally appropriate. US distribution of kits will continue with Cleaning Buckets, Health Kits, and School kits.

Note: Patriotic symbols, such as flags, do not need to be removed from relief kits. In the past, UMCOR requested that these were removed to ensure relief kits could move easily through international customs. This is not an issue for new relief kits. 

Click on each kit's name below for the kit page, or click here to visit the UMCOR website for more information.

Cleaning Bucket (formerly called flood bucket); These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.
           If you cannot find the exact size of liquid cleaner as specified in the list, choose the next smaller size available.

Health Kit   Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition and cooking classes.
           Click here to see a video of how to assemble a health kit.
* Special Note regarding Health Kits: 
Churches/individuals/groups may choose to include a single check for the purchase of the toothpaste listed within Health Kits (instead of including a $1 bill for each kit). If this option is chosen, churches/individuals/groups are asked to mail the check separately to UMCOR Sager Brown Depot. Make the check out to UMCOR Sager Brown and note on the check: "For Toothpaste".  Mail to :  UMCOR Sager Brown, Box 850, Baldwin, LA 70514

School Kit  In some countries, children don't have books or school supplies. Many have no schoolrooms; classes are held in inadequate or half-destroyed buildings, tents, or even the open air. School kits may be these children's only educational resources. Click here for the school kit bag pattern; click here for the video sewing instructions. Click here for the school kit assembly instruction video.
         Note that the bags can be purchased from a retailer as long as the dimensions are correct. Please ensure they are made of a durable fabric. is one online option.

Bulk Items  The material resources program is always happy to receive kits and buckets fully assembled with all required items. However, the Relief Supply Depots can also use large quantities of any of the contents of any kit.

    Shipping Label and Packing List

    ORM-D mark

Alternatively, you can donate online toward the purchase of supplies instead of buying and shipping them. Click here to donate.

You can also donate to disaster response efforts. Click here to donate.




You can send relief supply kits to either depot—UMCOR coordinates supply shipments from both locations.

UMCOR Sager Brown Depot
P.O. Box 850 131 Sager Brown Road
Baldwin, LA 70514-0850
Contact For Help 1-800-814-8765

UMCOR West Office and Depot
1479 South 700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1605
Contact For Help 1-801-973-7250