School Bags

Local churches, schools, clubs, or other groups can participate in the mission of the Haiti Partnership by assembling school bags for the teams to deliver to the children of Haiti.

IMPORTANT CHANGE in our School Bag Program:

 

We are no longer sewing the actual tote bags in the U.S.  In November 2008, we met a Business Mentor from Michigan who introduced us to Best Quality Products, a small sewing shop in Port-au-Prince run by a very skilled man named Clerzius (see photo) who hires several women to help - and who desperately need business. 

 

By having these women sew all our tote bags, we can keep them in business almost year-round, producing much-needed income for their families.

 

Please help these women of Haiti and their families by following the instructions below.  The School Bag information sheet may be downloaded in either PDF or Word format by clicking on the appropriate link below.

School Bag Information Sheets

You can download the following information in  Word format  or PDF format

PLEASE NOTE: Do not send crayons or loose-leaf paper (as listed on previous versions of the school bag information sheet).

Filling the School Bags

Each bag should contain the following items (NO SUBSTITUTIONS, PLEASE).

Please remove all items from packaging.

Place all items in a large ziploc bag.  

Please include $1.50 for each tote bag to pay for the labor of the women in Port-au-Prince who sew the bags.

1.  One pad of lined yellow or white paper, 8 1/2" by 11"

(Only one pad now, because we are now purchasing composition booklets from a woman who runs her own           street vendor business - so we are now helping a former earthquake refugee family - Thanks be to God!)*

2.  One pair blunt children's scissors

3.  One 12" ruler

4.  One pencil sharpener

5.  6 unsharpened pencils with erasers

6.  One 2" eraser

7.  One pack of colored pencils (10-12 per box, can remain in box)

 

NOTE: Children are children no matter where they live. They will compare contents of school bags and will be disappointed if their supplies are different from that of another child's. Please keep items simple and uniform. Thanks!

 

*Donations for purchasing composition booklets in Haiti are also encouraged.

When you have completed bags, call and deliver to one of the drop-off sites below or contact one of the following Haiti Partnership members for drop-off information.

 

Jodi Crimmel         570-881-0029

Barbara Gay          570-237-6373    

Lana Roske           607-239-5029

Mike Willis             607-240-7637

Binghamton District (Upper New York):

Vestal UMC             607-785-3367

Endwell UMC          607-754-5735

 

Oneonta District (Upper New York):

Sherburne UMC     607-674-4119

Sidney UMC            607-563-1921

Cobleskill UMC       518-234-3671

 

Scranton-Wilkes Barre District (Susquehanna):

Honesdale UMC                570-253-3291

Hemlock Grove UMC        570-676-3226
Chinchilla UMC                 570-587-2578

Central UMC, WIlkes Barre     570-822-7246

Tunkhannock UMC           570-836-1229

Dorranceton UMC             570-288-1477

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