School kits assist with ongoing need

Summerland United Church is spearheading the annual School Kit Campaign by sewing and filling school bags.

Summerland United Church is spearheading the annual School Kit Campaign by sewing and filling school bags to be distributed through the Mennonite Central Committee in Abbotsford.

The kits are an annual project at the church.

Fabric and notions need to be bought or donated; the bags need to be cut out and sewn, the contents need to be bought and organized.

Finally, the bags need to be filled and taken to Abbotsford.

Each step of the way relies on volunteers giving their time and commitment.

To make the process go smoothly, a pattern and a list of supplies is available.  Some people shop the school supplies when the sales start while others make donations.

The school bags are distributed around the world wherever there are children in need.

Last year they were distributed in Jordan, Syria and Ethiopia.

Kits are sent to children living in refugee camps or those who have been affected by drought or earthquakes.

Those interested in helping with this project are asked to drop in to the church office, Tuesday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, phone the church at 250-494-1514 or call Marilyn Topham at 250-494-6434.