Kits and other projects for the needy

People in poverty-stricken countries often struggle to find the money for soap, shampoo, sleepers, notebooks, pencils, and even chalk and staplers for the classroom. Putting together kits with basic necessities is one way you can bless needy families and schools. CAM can use thousands of hygiene kits, school kits, and layette bundles to distribute in Haiti, Nicaragua, Romania, Liberia, and other countries.

Comforter kit

Cozy comforters

Families in Ukraine and Romania appreciate thick comforters to keep them warm during cold, winter nights. A comforter can also be a soft mat for people in Liberia and Nicaragua who don’t have a bed to sleep on.

100,000 comforters could be used!

You can bless a needy family by making a lightweight or heavy comforter in any size. Your finished comforter can be dropped off at any CAM location or shipped to our warehouse in Pennsylvania (see “Shipping Section” below).

You can also help ship your donated comforter overseas for only $2.50. You can fill out the donation form below or you can send your shipping gift to our home office and earmarked “comforter shipping.”

Please use new fabric for comforters.

IMPORTANT shipping information below.

Thank you!

Comforters (link to pdf)

Children's Care Pack

Children’s Care Pack 

ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW! (due to customs requirements)

Thousands of refugee children have been traumatized by war. A pack of meaningful items shows care and concern for them. These packs will be distributed to refugee children and other needy children in the Middle East..

Pack 1
Children (ages 1-4)
1 box of 24
crayons
1 notepad
1 teddy bear
1 pack of animal
stickers*

Pack 2
Children (ages 5-12)
1 notepad, 1
pencil, and 1 pen
1 jump rope
1 pair of socks
(colorful and warm)
1 hairbrush

Pack 3
Children (ages 5-12)
1 notepad, 1
pencil, and 1 pen
3 tennis balls
1 comb
1 matchbox size
car or truck

*Avoid animal stickers that look strange or unrealistic.

INSTRUCTIONS: On all the things listed above, please avoid items with TV, occult, sports, and cartoon characters. These items will not be shipped. Please include only the items listed. Package the items into a ziploc or similar style gallon freezer bag. Write the pack name (1, 2, or 3) on the bag. Deliver your packs to any CAM location or ship them to our Ephrata, PA, warehouse: Christian Aid Ministries, 2412 Division Hwy., Ephrata, PA 17522. If you wish to help with the cost of shipping your Children’s Care Packs overseas, your gift of $2.50 per pack can be sent to our Berlin home office (see p. 2 for address). Whenever possible, we will include a copy of CAM’s Favorite Stories from the Bible in the appropriate language for where the package will be going.

Thank you!

Children’s Care Pack (link to pdf)

Hygiene kit

Hygiene Kits

All items must be new! (due to customs requirements)

The kits will be shipped by sea container to Syria, Liberia, Nicaragua, Haiti, and other countries.

  • 1 bar of soap*
  • 1 tube toothpaste*
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 2 washcloths
  • 1 bath towel (dark colors preferred)
  • 1 bottle of shampoo* (place in a Ziploc bag to prevent leakage)
  • 1 bottle deodorant* (roll-on or stick, no aerosol spray)
  • 1 comb
  • 1 nail clipper with file
  • 1 large handkerchief

*Please check expiration date; items must not expire for one year.

Wrap all items listed above into the bath towel and fasten firmly with safety pins, or put items in a drawstring bag and pull strings tightly to prevent items from falling out.

IMPORTANT shipping information below.

Hygiene Kits (link to pdf)

Layette bundle

Layette Bundles

All items must be new! (due to customs requirements)

Items to include:

  • 1 receiving blanket (minimum size: 30” x 30”)
  • 1 heavier blanket (minimum size: 30” x 30”; preferred size: 30″ by 40″)
  • 6 diapers (please use new fabric, absorbent 100% cotton or flannel, minimum size:
    18” x 27”; preferred size: 21” x 36”)
  • 2 sleepers (3-12 months)
  • 2 rubber panties (3-12 months)
  • 2 undershirts or onesies
  • 2 pairs socks or booties
  • 1 baby cap
  • 4 diaper pins or safety pins (minimum size: 2 inches)

Avoid fabric with questionable pictures, such as TV, occult, sports, and cartoon characters. Items made with such fabric will not be distributed.

Wrap all items in one of the blankets and fasten firmly with the diaper pins or tie together with ribbon. If you prefer, put the items in a drawstring bag. You may label the bundles “boy” or “girl.”

Layette bundle

IMPORTANT shipping information below.

Layette Bundles (link to pdf)

classroom kit

Classroom kit for Haiti

Items to include:

  • 1 pencil sharpener (hand crank, metal shaving canister)
  • 1 chalkboard eraser (soft, felt)
  • 15 boxes white chalk (dustless)
  • 1 box colored chalk
  • 1 solar calculator
  • 1 sturdy bag (drawstring, 15″ x 15″)

Put all the items in the drawstring bag. Please pull strings tightly to prevent items from falling out.

classroom-kit

IMPORTANT shipping information below.

Classroom Kits (link to pdf)

Teacher kit

Teacher kit for Haiti

Items to include:

  • 1 sturdy desktop stapler
  • 1 box staples (5,000+ count)
  • 1 staple remover
  • 2 soccer balls (deflated for shipping)
  • 1 hand pump with needle

Put all the items in a large shoebox or plastic container. Do not tape it closed; simply secure lid with a rubber band.

teacher-kit

Teacher Kits (link to pdf)

student-kit-for-haiti

Student kit for Haiti

Items to include:

  • 10 pens (blue ink, medium, stick, BIC™ or Papermate™)
  • 7 wooden No. 2 pencils, unsharpened, good quality
  • 1 Pink Pearl™ eraser or similar quality (not pencil top)
  • 1 wooden, inch/metric ruler (12″)
  • 1 box of eight crayons
  • 1 sturdy handmade backpack (To make these backpacks, see instructions at the end of the page)

Put all the items in the backpack. Please pull strings tightly to prevent items from falling out.

More than 8,000 needed

Student Kits (link to pdf)

Instructions for student kit backpack

Backpack

Materials Needed

  • fabric for backpack—35″ long x 14″ wide (Use a strong fabric such as denim. If you have access to a commercial sewing machine, nylon or polyester canvas fabric can be used.)
  • Two 4 1/8″ square pieces of fabric
  • Two straps for backpack—each 23½” long x 1½” wide (same fabric as bag, or nylon webbing)
  • Strap reinforcement strip—2¾” x 1½”
  • Two drawstrings, 30″ each (cording can be used; burn ends to avoid fraying)
    1. Serge or zigzag all edges of fabric. Fold in side seams ½” at tops.

#1 fold 4 corners in ½

#1 fold 4 corners in ½ and pin

    1. Fold 1″ of fabric at tops and sew top seams, allowing ¾” sleeves for drawstrings. With one top seam, sew strap reinforcement strip at the middle of inside of bag. Catch edge in top seam.

#2 inside strap reinforcement strip

#2 inside strap reinforcement strip

    1. Prepare triangles that hold straps at sides. Fold the 4 1/8″ square pieces of fabric once (wrong side out) into triangles. Position the strap inside the triangle with end at the arrow and sew across the middle. Fold fabric away from long end of strap.

#3 triangles that hold straps at sides

#3 triangles that hold straps at sides

    1. Pin 1″ deep folds at bottom of side seams (see #4a); add triangles with straps (catch corners of straps in side seam—see #4b) above 1″ folds, then sew sides (½” seams) up to 2¼” close to top.

#4a side seam fold

#4a side seam fold

#4b strap corners (inside of bag)

#4b strap corners (inside of bag)

    1. Sew top ends of straps onto bag near top of bag where the reinforcement strip is inside.

#5 top outside strap attachment

#5 top outside strap attachment

    1. Insert drawstrings and knot ends, one on side and the other on opposite end.

#6 drawstrings

#6 drawstrings

Finished product

Finished product

IMPORTANT shipping information below.

International school kit

International School Kits

For schools in Liberia, Ukraine, Nicaragua, and other countries.

Items to include:

  • 4 spiral notebooks (8″ x 11″ with approximately 75 pages each)
  • 1 wooden or sturdy metric ruler (12 inch, not plastic)
  • 6 wooden No. 2 pencils (unsharpened, good quality
  • 1 Pink Pearl™ eraser, or similar quality (not pencil top)
  • 2 blue or black ink pens
  • 1 box of eight crayons
  • 1 comb
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 drawstring bag (10″ x 15″)

Fill the drawstring or similar-type bag with the items listed above. Pull strings tightly to prevent items from falling out.

School kits

IMPORTANT shipping information below.

School Kits (link to pdf)

New clothing kit

Assemble a pack of brand-new clothes

Ages 5-16 (various countries) Your gift of a brand new shirt, dress, socks, or other items will bring a smile to a needy child or youth. For some recipients, it may be their only set of new clothes.

Ages 1-3 (Romania and Moldova) Due to customs restrictions, CAM is unable to send used toddler clothing to Romania and Moldova. A pack of new clothes will not only delight little ones but also bring relief to impoverished parents who struggle to clothe their children.

Pack A

Boys (ages 11-16)

  • 1 pair trousers
  • 1 shirt with collar
  • 2 briefs
  • 2 pair socks

Pack A

Pack A


Pack B

Girls (ages 11-16)

  • 1 dress
  • 2 panties
  • 2 bras
  • 2 pair socks

Pack B

Pack B


Pack C

Boys (ages 5-10)

  • 1 pair trousers
  • 1 shirt with collar
  • 2 briefs
  • 2 pair socks

Pack C

Pack C


Pack D

Girls (ages 5-10)

  • 1 dress
  • 2 panties
  • 2 pair socks

Pack D

Pack D


Pack E

Boys (ages 1-3)

  • 1 pair trousers
  • 1 shirt with collar
  • 2 undershirts or onesies
  • 2 diapers
  • 2 pair socks

Pack E

Pack E


Pack F

Girls (ages 1-3)

  • 1 dress
  • 2 undershirts or onesies
  • 2 diapers
  • 2 pair socks

Pack F

Pack F


Instructions

Request a pre-labeled bag from our home office in Ohio for each pack of clothing you wish to assemble. Deliver or ship your clothing packs to any CAM location or ship them to our Indiana Clothing Center at 660B S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565. If you wish to help with the cost of shipping your clothing packs overseas, your gift of $2.50 per pack can be sent to our home office, or you can fill out the donation form below.

Due to tight customs requirements, each list must be strictly followed. To help ensure that we can continue shipping kits in the future, please include only the items listed.

Children’s New Clothing (link to pdf)

Important! Shipping Instructions

Applies to all kits and layette bundles Due to tight customs requirements, each list must be strictly followed. To help ensure that we can continue shipping kits in the future, please include ONLY the items listed. Put all the kits or bundles into a large box or bag. Label each box/bag with the number of kits/bundles inside. Your items can be dropped off at any CAM location, or shipped to our warehouse in Pennsylvania: (Attn: Shipping Department; Christian Aid Ministries; 2412 Division Highway; Ephrata, PA 17522)

Want to help get your kits to their destination?

Your gift of $2.50 per kit will cover the cost of shipping your items overseas. Please fill out the donation form below, or send $2.50 per kit in a separate envelope to the CAM home office (Attn. Kit Projects, P.O. Box 360, Berlin, OH 44610).

Shipping Amounts

For information about other projects you can do, please download our complete Projects You Can Do Catalog in PDF format.

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