MCC photo/Julia Buckingham

Vatsana Xaluxay, an IVEPer from Laos serving at the MCC BC office, stands with the bucket Christmas tree promoting the "Give a Kit for Christmas" relief kit drive.

This fall, news feeds were abuzz as disaster after disaster devastated people and communities in Haiti, Mexico, Bangladesh, Yemen, the DR Congo and other parts of Africa and Middle East. 

This Christmas, from November 30 to December 31, Mennonite Central Committee BC has transformed the atrium at the MCC Centre on Gladys for Christmas and to remind people that this is a season for giving. People visiting the Centre are invited to pack or sponsor a relief kit that will be sent to the front lines of MCC’s disaster response efforts around the world.

“These are buckets of hope for so many individuals and families who are facing challenges that are unthinkable for so many of us living in British Columbia”, say Scott Campbell, MCC BC’s Advancement Director. “It doesn’t take much to make a real impact in someone’s life.”

Last year, MCC sent 16,787 relief kits to partners around the world.

“All year volunteers help pack kits here at the MCC Centre while churches and other groups will pack or sponsor kits and then deliver them to us”, say Dennis Vogt, MCC BC’s Material Resources Coordinator. “We also program hygiene kits, school kits, infant care kits, and blankets that are made by dedicate people here in BC.”

Empty buckets can be picked up and packed at home, or sponsored for $50 at the MCC Centre, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.MCC photo/Julia Buckingham

MCC Relief Kits are 20-litre buckets filled with bath soap, shampoo, laundry soap, tooth brushes, bath towels, combs, fingernail clipper, bandages, sanitary pads. A complete list with specific quantities and measurements can be found here.