Photo courtesy of Upland Brethren In Christ Church

Upland Brethren In Christ Church, in Upland Calif., has been faithful givers to MCC by donating school kits for over 10 years.  This year, the church donated 720 kits, which brings their total to 2,964 since 2011.  Cynthia Wisnant is pictured helping assemble school kits.

Upland, Calif., -- For over 10 years, members from Upland Brethren In Christ Church have been joyful givers all year long by collecting basic school supplies and working together to send MCC school kits to children in need.  This year they broke their record and donated over 720 kits.

“We hope the kits allow children a tiny glimpse into a better future.” says Allen Vanderbilt – a church member at Upland BIC Church.

Distributed MCC School kits are described as “treasured items” for children who are recovering from a disaster or who have been forced to flee their homes.  Basic school supplies, such as notebooks, erasers and pencils help bring normalcy to children who have experienced trauma. 

In 2018, MCC shipped 49,482 school kits to Bosnia, Iraq, Jordan, Serbia, Syria, Ukraine, Canada, and the U.S.

Thoughtful donors at the church have read MCC publications and know the plight of those on the receiving end. “There is so much suffering in the world and our giving helps alleviate some of that, explains Vanderbilt.  “In so many cases, we have plenty, they have very little through no fault of their own.”

All year long, women work with donated fabric to sew the cloth bags for the school kits. In the summer, people hunt for the best prices for school supplies. Every year, church members of all ages gather for a “party atmosphere” event to compile the kits.  Assembly lines and stations help keep the work fun and organized for all. 

Giving money is the usual way to give help to MCC, but with school kits, we actually buy the goods. This a way we can actually touch the things that go to help others,” shares Allen Vanderbilt. 

Faithful giving can make a big difference.  Since 2011, the church’s tradition of donating school kits has totaled 2,964 school kits.

“We feel good about giving to MCC because we know it is an efficient conduit for sending help to so many in need,” shares Vanderbilt. “The innate frugality assures that the financial overhead of MCC is minimal and the largest amount will make its way to the needy.”


Looking for a hands-on project that makes a difference? The supplies that MCC sends around the world offer comfort to families facing disaster or crisis. They’re also a tangible way you can share God’s love and compassion, reminding people that their needs are not forgotten. Can you help replenish our stock by donating a kit? 
Click here to find instructions for making kits and drop off locations.