CWS sending supplies to help families affected by Oklahoma wildfires

Church World Service is sending 300 hygiene kits to Oklahoma to help people fleeing summer wildfires that have burned more than 100,000 acres in the midst of a severe drought.

Church World Service is sending 300 hygiene kits to Oklahoma to help people fleeing summer wildfires that have burned more than 100,000 acres in the midst of a severe drought.

Many affected families are staying in shelters or hotels, according to CWS Emergency Response Specialist Sandra Kennedy-Owes.

"When they evacuate their home, they don't have access to all their hygiene products," Kennedy-Owes said. "We're helping to provide these items to make their ordeal a little easier."

Each hygiene kit includes a hand towel, wash cloth, comb, toothbrush, nail clipper, soap and Band-Aids. Instructions on how to assemble and donate a hygiene kit are online at www.churchworldservice.org/kits.

The kits are being delivered to Cushing, Okla., for distribution by a local organization, LOVE, Inc.

CWS is appealing for $30,000 in financial contributions to help people affected by summer storms and wildfires throughout the United States. Contributions may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 (Appeal #627U, 2012 Summer Storms and Wildfires).

CWS will stay in touch with affected Oklahoma communities to offer assistance in the long-term recovery process, Kennedy-Owes said.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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