With back-to-school sales on school supplies happening now, NSMC is collecting school supplies for MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) school kits (kit details listed below). We invite you to join us in this effort. Linda has already made bags for 150 kits and we can collect even more supplies for additional kits. We will be assembling the kits at a later time for delivery to Goshen.
According to the MCC website, notebooks and pencils are treasures for families who struggle to afford basic school supplies. School kits often are requested after disasters and help bring normalcy to children whose families have been forced to flee their homes. Last year, 78,035 kits were shipped to Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Zambia, Ukraine, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Canada, and the U.S.
School Kit Contents (NEW items only)
- 4 spiral or perforated-pages notebooks (8.5 in x 10.5 in and 70 sheets)
- 8 new unsharpened pencils
- 1 ruler (flat, good quality; must indicate 30 cm; inch markings optional)
- 12 colored pencils (in packaging)
- 1 large eraser
- 2 new black or blue ballpoint pens
- 1 small all metal pencil sharpener, one or two holes. All metal sharpeners can be found online at Amazon.com or Bazic.com.or in the art supply section of retail stores like Staples. Plastic case pencil sharpeners are not accepted because these are poor quality and do not last as long. If you cannot find all metal sharpeners please pack the kits without them and we will add the sharpeners.