Oct. 17, 2005
Through the Buckets for Relief program, which ran through the month of September at Morningside College, students, faculty, and staff collected and sent 125 health kits, $340 in cash donations, and miscellaneous supplies to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to be distributed to the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Kathy Olson, campus pastor and director of church relations, coordinated the efforts.
Each health kit contained a hand towel, washcloth, comb, nail clipper and file, a bath-size bar of soap, toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, and six bandages. The kits, valued at $12 each, will be used to provide essential supplies to families displaced by the hurricanes. In addition to the health kits, the campus community collected and sent a number of additional supplies to UMCOR including disposable diapers, analgesics, deodorant, and personal hygiene items, to name a few.
UMCOR is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of The United Methodist Church. Working in nearly 100 countries worldwide including the United States, its mission is to alleviate human suffering caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster.
Morningside College was founded in 1894 by the Methodist Episcopal Church and remains affiliated with the United Methodist Church today.