Impact for tomorrow

Because of the care that volunteers put into their work, the kits and comforters MCC sends through the MRC do more than meet basic human needs; they are an expression of God’s love and compassion.

The Material Resources Center (MRC) in Ephrata, Pa., functions to process and ship quality material resources for MCC both domestically and internationally. Caring volunteers provide the manpower behind the MRC while taking part in MCC's ministries. The MRC also offers educational opportunities to visitors and volunteers alike.

Donate kits and comforters

The MRC serves as a collection point in the U.S. for receiving, packing and shipping material resources donated by people responding to aid requests from MCC partners. This includes the many kits and comforters shipped domestically and internationally for MCC's ministries. For more information on any of the kits, click the links below:

Make a kit bag for school, sewing and hygiene kits by following the directions here or by picking up bags at the MRC.

Please note: kits can also be dropped off at the Material Resource Center of Harleysville (Souderton, Pa.) or Cumberland Valley Relief Center (Chambersburg, Pa.).

Donate time

The MRC relies on thousands of volunteers to do the hands-on work of the center. Churches, families, school groups and retirees donate their time to pack resources, quilt and work on recycling projects.

Volunteer activities at the MRC include:

  • Checking and packing kits, including school kits, relief kits and hygiene kits
  • Checking cans of meat
  • Quilting
  • Knotting comforters
  • Sewing upcycled items for our Hands of Love gift shop
  • Weaving rugs
  • Bundling comforters and blankets
  • Recycling books
  • Bundling cardboard, paper and clothing
  • Cutting t-shirts into rags
  • Cutting jeans for rugs and patches
  • Loading containers for shipment

Recycle through the MRC

Recycling initiatives help cover relief shipping costs and keep items out of the landfill. There are many things that can be recycled at the MRC. Please keep the sections together and don't mix them when dropping off your recycling.

  • OFFICE PAPER (staples are fine)
    • Paper (includes white and colored copy paper)
    • Envelopes (includes windows)
    • Index cards
    • Manila folders
    • Stationary
    • Carbonless paper
    • Brochures and advertisements from the mail
  • SHREDDED PAPER (please don’t shred it too finely)
  • NEWSPAPERS & PHONE BOOKS (advertisements that come in the newspaper can be left in)
  • CARDBOARD BOXES (no pizza boxes or waxy juice or milk cartons)
  • BOOKS (hardback and paperback)
  • CELL PHONES (in any condition; no chargers or accessories)
  • CLOTHING/BELTS/PURSES (items need to have six months of wear left in them; sort into separate bags/boxes, including t-shirts and neckties)
  • SHOES (tie together using the strings or rubber bands)
  • FABRIC (large pieces that can be used for kits bags, comforter backs and other quilt room and sewing room projects)

The following cannot be recycled at the MRC:

  • Plastics of any kind (for example binders, jars, prescription bottles, etc.)
  • Carbon paper
  • Ream wrappers
  • Photographic paper
  • Label stock or stickers
  • Styrofoam or paper cups
  • Orange juice/milk cartons (even cardboard/paper ones)
  • Food or food wrappers
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Paper clips or fasteners (staples are okay)
  • Rubber bands
  • Tissue paper and wrapping paper
  • Printer ink cartridges
  • Pillows
  • Medical supplies

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Visit the MRC

Educational opportunities such as tours, videos, learning activities and stories of MCC’s work around the world are provided for all ages, including younger children.


Material Resources Center, Ephrata
517 West Trout Run Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
United States
MCC East Coast Material Resources Center
Material Resources Center, Ephrata
517 West Trout Run Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
United States
Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Volunteer Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM