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Cumberland Valley Relief Center collects school supplies for needy

September 28, 2009

MARION, Pa. - Since the beginning of August, the Cumberland Valley Relief Center has been collecting school supplies for needy children.

With the help of 10 groups and numerous volunteers, plus contributions from more than 20 churches and individuals, 4,400 school kits were prepared and shipped to the Mennonite Central Committee Resource Center in Ephrata, Pa.

More kits are being prepared for shipment every week.

The center has shipped the following items in the past year:

Aids care kits, 28; blankets, 110; Christmas bundles, 47; comforters, 2,496; grocery bags, 777; health kits, 5,120; laundry soap bars, 7,440; newborn kits, 1,045; relief kits, 954; school kits, 7,095; sewing kits, 100; turkey cans, 23,152; and 44 containers of assorted clothes, including jeans, T-shirts, fabric, etc.

The relief center will hold its fundraising banquet Saturday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Station Community Center. The guest speaker will be Linda J. Herr. Linda and her husband, James Wheeler, have spent 15 of the past 22 years with Mennonite Central Committee in the Middle East. The past six years have been spent in Egypt. She will share her perspective on Middle East issues from their personal experiences.

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