MCC photo/Emily Loewen

The Winnipeg Material Resources Centre saw multi-generational families pack more than 200 relief kits over spring break to help families across the globe whose lives have been disrupted by war and disaster. Pictured here are three generations of the Galloway family, from left to right: Lindsay, Kyle, Trevor, Carol and Terry Galloway.

On March 28, 2018 Winnipeg's Material Resources Centre hummed with activity as families assembled relief kits for MCC.

A handful of multi-generational families took up an invitation to pack the kits during spring break with supplies purchased by a local donor. The hard work of a couple dozen children, parents and grandparents resulted in over 200 relief kits, responding to a pressing call for relief supplies from MCC partners in countries experiencing disaster and conflict.


Kim (left) and Micah Arpin-Ricci (right) pack a relief kit with baby Finley in tow.

Kim Arpin-Ricci volunteered with her son Micah saying, "Micah [packed kits] with his school and enjoyed it and so it seemed like a good thing to do on spring break. It's a way for us to participate in what's going on bigger than ourselves."



Although not a first-time MCC volunteer, Colleen Epp made her first visit to the centre to pack relief kits with her parents Anne and Stan Funk, and her children Daniel, Grace and Isaac Epp. She shared, "This seemed like a good way to help the kids see what it looks like behind the scenes at MCC and I'm always really keen on them looking beyond us."


Colleen Epp (second from left) and family members Grace Epp, Daniel Epp and Stan Funk form a relief kit packing assembly line.

Sophia Bezoplenko, coordinator of Winnipeg's Material Resources Centre, reflected, "It was so nice to see parents with their children, and grandparents with their grandchildren, learning about MCC’s work and getting involved together. Having seen firsthand what a relief kit means to a family impacted by conflict and displacement, I am so excited that we could put together so many more kits that will make a huge difference in the lives of more families."

Over the past year, MCC sent more than 24,000 relief kits to Bosnia, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Syria and Ukraine. Learn more about how you can get involved and the hope relief kits and other material resources bring to people whose lives are disrupted by disaster and conflict.


Relief kits prepped for shipment.