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Volunteers to pack relief kits this Thanksgiving

At a time of year where we’re encouraged to think about how we can give back and think of others, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offers a way to share your thanks and help someone in need this Thanksgiving.

Buckets of Thanks provides families, community groups and individuals an opportunity to pack relief kits—packages of basic personal hygiene items for families who have been struck by disaster or conflict around the world.

Each kit, packed in a 20-litre plastic bucket, contains enough basic supplies for a family of four, including toothbrushes, soap, combs, bandages, towels and more. These essential items fill a crucial need for thousands of people whose lives have been disrupted by incredibly difficult circumstances.

“Each bucket of thanks is so much more than the sum of its parts,” says Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of MCC Canada. “When a volunteer packs a bucket, they are sending a physical expression of the compassion and love they have for a real person experiencing incredible hardship.”

Participants are encouraged to collect the items themselves and pack their buckets of thanks with their family, church or community group. MCC offices will receive the buckets from October 7-14, 2019, where they’ll be sent to relieve families all across the globe. 

Buckets of Thanks is part of MCC’s 100th anniversary celebration. Founded 100 years ago to provide food and relief to refugees and families affected by war and famine in southern Russia in the 1920s, MCC now works in the areas of relief, development and peace in partnership with organizations in more than 50 countries.

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