Thanks for the Kits!

"The congregations and groups that have made, or are making, CWS Kits are extending a personal hand of caring to neighbors in need in Haiti and around the world. Thank you so much," says Donna Derr, Director of Humanitarian Assistance and Development for Church World Service.

Families assembled Kits
Kids led the way at DeWitt, NY, Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas synagogue, as families gathered to assemble donated supplies for CWS Hygiene Kits for Haiti earthquake survivors.
Photo: Amy Manning/CWS

"The congregations and groups that have made, or are making, CWS Kits are extending a personal hand of caring to neighbors in need in Haiti and around the world.  Thank you so much," says Donna Derr, Director of Development and Humanitarian Assistance for Church World Service.
 
Typical of the outpouring of CWS Kits generated by the great need in Haiti is this response from some caring neighbors in Syracuse, New York.
 
A recent multi-church and community group Martin Luther King Day of Service project in Syracuse, New York, collected nearly $22,000 worth of CWS Hygiene and Baby Care Kits. And the city's spirit of compassion and generosity toward survivors of Haiti's earthquake hasn't slowed.

Under the direction of Rabbi Rachel Ain and Erica Bern, Director of Youth and Family Programming, youth volunteers at Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas in DeWitt assembled a collection of the personal-sized CWS emergency kits on January 31.
 
"When young people at the synagogue asked me where CWS gets all of its Kits, I told them, 'From people just like you," says Amy Bobbette Manning, Assistant Director of CWS's Upstate New York Region.

At East Syracuse Minoa High School, students from the school's French and Spanish Clubs completed a Kits collection and assembly project.

A youth group at St. David's Episcopal Church in DeWitt began a CWS Haiti Kits project and now the project is continuing with the whole congregation, reports Interim Pastor James C. Bresnahan. The group approached area businesses to contribute, as well.

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


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