Relief Supply Kits
Early in its existence, UMCOR engaged in shipping material resources to people in need around the world. Over the years, we have come to recognize that shipping these items may actually cause harm if the materials displace potential local purchases that would otherwise support the local economy. To this end, UMCOR determined that it would cease international shipment of material assistance as of December 31, 2017. UMCOR now distributes only the most-requested UMCOR relief supply kits, assembled in the United States, to places in the United States and its territories where these items are most needed.
To address international needs, UMCOR works with local United Methodist churches, ACT Alliance, ecumenical, and interfaith partners to respond to disasters. As part of a comprehensive disaster response strategy, UMCOR coaches these partners to purchase local materials that are appropriate to the context. This is consistent with best practices and accountability standards.
Please help us restock our relief supply kits. The new kit content lists were designed to offer our donors greater ease and flexibility in purchasing their donations. During this period of transition, UMCOR will accept any kits that had already been assembled pursuant to the old content lists. Nothing will go to waste. Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve this partnership of care.
The following are the kits produced by UCMOR:
Kit Assembly Instructions
For specific instructions on how to assemble and ship each type of kit, please click the icons below.
Note: The value of the items in each kit is reviewed annually to keep up with a changing economy. Although markets may fluctuate regionally, the value of each kit listed reflects the average cost of the items purchased in the United States.