October has been a hub of activity at Midwest Mission Distribution Center
. Deliveries continue to come in to be unloaded from partners near and far, and are then inventoried and re-loaded into containers, box trucks and trucks to be distributed wherever the needs are.
Staff leads the charge with the much-valued help of volunteer leaders, regular volunteers and various teams and individuals serving each week. Our kit room, warehouses and shops have seen a huge uptick in volunteers coming in to ensure appropriate items are in each kit to be distributed, building desks, sewing and so much more. It takes all the parts moving together to make sure the wheels are turning and the engine of Midwest Mission runs smooth on all fronts.
To wrap up October, four major shipments were assembled, loaded and shipped. They have gone to Green Bay, WI., Chicago, IL, Mombasa in Kenya and Rhode Island for donations to Ukraine and Guatemala. Yes! It all happened in one week!
Catholic Charities of Green Bay Wisconsin received a shipment of 6,048 cases of UMCOR Hygiene Kits. These kits are benefitting Green Bay area's Paul Pantry, De Pere Police Department, Brown County Health and Human Services, House of Hope (a women’s abuse center), Transformation House, Freedom House and New Community Shelter," said Catholic Charities' Community Engagement Specialist, Kellie Dekarske. "We also have some going to the Afghan refugees who are resettling in Green Bay. Other donations have gone to Leaven in Menasha and a homeless shelter there. In Omro, WI donations went to a local pantry and homeless shelter. We are also distributing 20 boxes to our Marinette office who will then distribute them to the Marinette Police Department, Rainbow House Women’s Shelter and Marinette Food Pantry." The shipment is valued at $78,624.00
The Mombasa Relief Initiative in Kenya is receiving a re-directed shipment of computer equipment, chairs, a gazebo, office chairs, student desks and chairs, folding tables, cots and filing cabinets, tables and pots and pans. The items will be used to help in a new school build to create a strong environment for educating the next generations. The Initiative focuses on health, education and economic enrichment. The shipment is valued at $96,736.00
Hope of Life International in Cranston, RI is dividing a shipment between Guatamela and Ukraine. The disbursement included items from Delta Airlines of first-class china dishware, utensils, drinking glasses, cups, coffee mugs, linens and other miscellaneous items that they no longer needed. Midwest Mission was the recipient of multiple semi loads last December. God showed us the need almost a year later. His timing and provision are always perfect, even when we may not see it at the time. The shipment is valued at $305,328.00.
Refugee One, Chicago, IL received 504 cases of UMCOR Hygiene Kits, toothpaste and 1,000 cases of antibacterial hand cleaner. With hearts for the refugees who are coming to the states, different organizations are stepping up to assist in making provision. The shipment is valued at $136,552.00.