Out of Chaos, Hope

Hygiene Kits
     for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities affected by crises and catastrophic events.

PDA works with an organization called Church World Service (CWS), a cooperative ministry of thirty-seven Christian-based communions, to provide hygiene kits to areas affected by disaster. During 2011 alone, PDA (through CWS) sent some 155,000 kits to partner agencies in twenty-two states in the U.S. and in eight countries around the world.

Each kit is estimated to cost about $10 to put together,┬áplus another $2 for shipping and handling fees, and contains—in a one-gallon plastic bag with zipper closure—

1 hand towel (approximately 16" x 28"; no fingertip or bath towels)
1 washcloth
1 wide-tooth comb (remove from package)
1 nail clipper (no metal files or emery boards; remove from package)
1 bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
1 toothbrush (in original packaging)
6 Band-Aids® or other adhesive bandage strips

While the final kits do contain toothpaste, toothpaste that has an extended expiration date is added to hygiene kits just prior to shipment.

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).