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CWS Kits are small packages of everyday supplies assembled by congregations, groups, families and individuals and provided to people in need around the world. CWS Hygiene, School and Baby Care Kits are often our first form of response following a disaster. In the U.S., CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets help families begin to clean up their homes safely and securely.
In areas of extreme poverty or following a natural disaster, CWS Baby Care Kits help young mothers care for their newborn babies. Cloth diapers and diaper pins, T-shirts, sleepers, receiving blankets and a few other items complete this treasured kit. The supplies in an emergency cleanup bucket enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood, hurricane, tornado, or other disaster. In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, CWS Hygiene Kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families. This kit contains a hand towel and washcloth, bar of soap, toothbrush and other items and is one of CWS’s most popular kits for groups to assemble. CWS School Kits give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning. One of the most effective ways children can be assured of overcoming trauma following disaster is to return to the normalcy of school, and often a CWS School Kit is a first step toward healing.
Kits are sent to CWS throughout the year. Cash donations in lieu of assembled kits also help to provide much-needed supplies. Kits are packed with other same type kits and prepared for shipment to various points throughout the world, when and where the need is the greatest. CWS provides assistance to people in need regardless of their race, ethnic origin or religion. Items are limited to only those listed so that recipients find the same materials in each kit. In an effort to meet the needs of local agencies in very diverse settings and cultures, Church World Service works to keep the kits and emergency cleanup buckets as useful as possible to meet the needs of recipients.