In celebration of Missions Sunday, Children’s Ministries got engaged in the practice of serving. Throughout October, they collected money and supplies to make hygiene kits for UMCOR. The kits contain soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash clothes, band-aids and other toiletries that are in need after a natural disaster.
This past Sunday, during our Missions Celebration, 75 kids participated in putting together the kits. All told, our children made 120 kits and raised $950!
Originally the plan was for these kits to go to Hurricane Dorian relief. But when a recent series of strong storms (including an EF2 Tornado) in Lakeland displaced over 100 people from their homes this past week, we happened to be the only church in the area with hygiene kits at the ready!
Thank you children of Hyde Park United Methodist Church! We are very excited to receive these kits! They will be given to those impacted by the recent tornado in Kathleen, only minutes from the conference office in Lakeland. 150 homes were damaged and 60 destroyed, as well as the roof was torn off of Kathleen Middle School. It’s wonderful how God uses even the children to provide for His people. As always, His timing is perfect!
Disaster Response Coordinator
Office of Missional Engagement
Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church