“CWS is planning to open many of its spring kit depots from Aug. 17-Sept 4!” Brethren Disaster Ministries shared on its Facebook page this week. “Thank you for continuing to care for and send blessings to those affected by disasters. These kits make a real difference!”
Church World Service (CWS) has announced the re-opening of kit depots following their closing earlier this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. “CWS wanted to make sure our passionate donors could still provide help to our neighbors in need,” said an email from Matthew Stevens, director of Congregational Giving for CWS. “We appreciate the Church of the Brethren collecting kits in Elgin and New Windsor.”
After CWS staff met with other agencies who collect kits to learn how they are reopening their kit collections, they developed a Safe Depot Plan to implement best practices of social distancing and safe collection procedures, Stevens reported. “We are confident that we can open our depots safely. So far, we have had a great response from our spring kit depot volunteers with their willingness to open their doors.
“We have many Church of the Brethren congregations that assemble CWS Kits, so I am sure they will be happy to hear they can continue to serve in this mission again,” Stevens wrote.
An online list of CWS Kit Depots that will be collecting kits is being updated regularly at https://cwskits.org/depots . Find a CWS Kits promotional video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvqLQgbm7Nc&feature=youtu.be .