Susquehanna and Upper New York Conferences
The United Methodist Church
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