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Assemble a CWS School Kit to
Help Needy Children Worlwide
Please be sure to send your IOCC kits to the following address:
IOCC/Church World Service
Brethren Service Center Annex
601 Main St., P.O. Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776-0188

Can you imagine going to school without a pencil or a notebook? Well, in most of the countries where IOCC works, there are children who do not have even these basic school supplies. Church World Service (CWS), a longtime partner of IOCC, makes it possible to send school kits to needy children through its CWS service kits program. By putting together a CWS service kit, you can give a less fortunate child the tools needed to do well in school. CWS will collect the kits at a warehouse facility, prepare them for shipment and work together with IOCC to make sure these kits reach these children when needed.

  1. Buy a 12" by 14" to 14" x 17" cotton or lightweight canvas bag with cloth handles (please, no reusable shopping bags or backpacks) and fill it with the following items:

    • One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
    • Three 70-count spiral or tape-bound notebooks of 8" x 10-1/2" ruled paper totaling 200-210 sheets. Please do not provide loose-leaf or filler paper.
    • One 30-centimeter ruler (12")
    • One hand-held pencil sharpener
    • Six new pencils with erasers
    • One large eraser, 2-1/2"
    • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)

  2. Secure the bag and pack it in a box. Secure the box with packing tape.

  3. Clearly mark the outside of the box with the type of kit ("School Kit-IOCC") and number of kits that are enclosed. Apply the correct amount of postage and mail the box to the following address:

    IOCC / Church World Service
    Brethren Service Center Annex
    601 Main St.
    P.O. Box 188
    New Windsor, Md. 21776-0188

    Be sure to include the name of the parish, group or individual sending the kits on the box.

Click here for Emergency Kits Frequently-Asked Questions

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