Village steps up for those in need with crisis care kits
Crisis Care Kits have become one of the biggest charitable opportunities of the year here in the VOC.
For the past six years the Nazarene Church has facilitated the bulk purchase and packing of much needed hygiene products to be sent to disaster victims.
The Crisis Care Kit items are bagged and shipped in May, arriving in time to help people during the summer/fall disaster season. Recipients aren’t qualified by religion, nationality, economic status, race, or any other criteria ... only need.
“Imagine losing everything. Your home and its contents were just destroyed in an earthquake or a forest fire, mudslide, hurricane, tornado, civil war, etc. You have nothing except the clothes you’re wearing, and you are put in a refugee camp, a school gymnasium, some space you are sharing with hundreds, maybe thousands of others. Then someone looks you in the eye, smiles and hands you a bag filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, a comb, nail clippers, bandaids, facial tissue, hand towels...even a stuffed animal,” says Pastor Jim Cunningham. “To us, that may not seem like much. But to a person in those circumstances it can mean the world. It brings hope. It tells them their situation matters, that others are there for them, are thinking of them, care about them, are reaching out to help them.”
Last year over 3,300 Crisis Care Kits, at a cost of over $26,000, were packed and shipped from the Village of Oak Creek. More than 100 people assisted with unpacking and staging the nearly 60,000 items that went into those CCK’s, and then packing the Kits and boxing them. Several of those people requested they be contacted when the next packing event took place. And that time is now.
“I’ve never been part of a more caring, generous, volunteering community,” said Cunningham, pastor of the Village of Oak Creek Church of the Nazarene (VocNaz). “Having lived in seven states and moved dozens of times, that says a lot.” He’s referring to the way the Village of Oak Creek residents take care of one another and those outside of the Village. “I constantly brag on my community to others, about their level of engagement with so many different programs and events designed to help people in need.”
Supplies will be arriving throughout April. Many hands are needed to unbox and stage all of the items May 10th – 19th, 9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm. The Crisis Care Kits will be bagged and boxed Saturday, May 22nd, 8:30am – 12:30pm. A free lunch will be served when the packing is completed. It takes far more hours to do the unpacking and staging than to pack the Kits. To volunteer, please contact Pastor Jim at email@example.com or call 928-284-0015 and leave a message.
At local prices, filling a CCK will cost you around $18-$20 (plus $2 for shipping). VocNaz places bulk orders for supplies. Last year they were able to bring the cost down to $6.00 per CCK (plus $2 for shipping). You can contribute for Crisis Care Kits by mailing a check to VocNaz, 55 Rojo Dr., Sedona, AZ 86351. Make your check payable to VOC Nazarene and on the memo line write: CCK’s. You can also donate at www.vocnaz.org.
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