Disaster Warehouse - Northwest District of the North Alabama United Methodist Church
To provide a secure weather resistant storage facility to accumulate, account for, and ship relief supplies to victims of natural and man-made disasters world-wide in support of the humanitarian efforts of the United Methodist Church. The stewardship of the donated and purchased assets shall be the primary activity of the warehouse.
The warehouse facility shall act as the focal point for coordination within the Northwest District of volunteers preparing to assist in recovery and clean-up activities utilizing pre-positioned mobile assets.
Suggested Gifts for Third World Shoe Boxes
Boxes should be marked with ages (2-12) and whether it is for a boy OR girl.
Hot Wheels Cars McDonalds Toys
Small Dolls Marbles (no more than 5/baggie)
Small balls Wash Cloth
Soap ** Lotion
** Shampoo Toothbrush & toothpaste
Comb and Brush Small Hand Mirror
1 pr Flip Flops (Each box needs one pr) Underwear (underpants & t-shirt)
Shorts & tee-shirts (boys & girls) Dresses
1 pr Socks for Sunday (No candy, bubble gum, suckers)
** MUST be in a separate zip lock bag
School Supplies: Pencils (limit 4), paper, crayons, colored pencils, small pencil sharpeners, etc.
Little Girls: Barrettes, ribbons, bows, headbands, scrunches, ponytail holders, etc. All liquids should be in a zip lock bag.
We are furnishing the shoe boxes. Please try to fill each shoe box. Do NOT over fill! If one is bulging at the top, we cannot get them in the case. It is that close. An under filled box means one child will only get one or two things, while his\her brother\sister gets a full box. This can cause unhappiness in the home.
Printed on the boxes are (1) the manifest form, please fill out indicating whether it is for a boy or girl and their age. It needs to list what you have in the box.
In addition, on the other side of the shoe box is (2) the Customs Declaration form that needs to be filled out.
Thirdly, please mail a check payable to “U M Shoe Box Ministry" for $4.00 OR one check for your whole group to: U M Disaster Warehouse, P.O. Box 1133, Decatur, AL 35602. The actual shoe boxes go to the warehouse at the warehoue address.
Half of the $4.00 helps get the shoe boxes to the missionary and the other $2.00 helps the missionary pay the cost of getting it to the neediest in that country! Be sure to send the $4.00.
Several churches have found that by getting their people together on a Wednesday night, it is beneficial in sharing items like a bag of marble because if you give more than five (5) marbles, it causes problems. Other children may jump on a child and take away things if it is more than the child can hold in one hand.
The same hold true ofr little girls and giving hair barretts. There may be 20 on a card, so please limit each littld girl with two colors. Other items that can be shared at your packing party are pencils, erasers pencil sharpers, wash clothes, etc. You can also share a tape gun to put the boxes together. It can be a real fun party!
The Advent Coloring booklet, tells the Christmas story in Spanish. Ask us to send you a file so you can print the number of Christmas Coloring Books in Spanish that you need. You can print the coloring book at your church office. Make as many copies as you need. The book requires three pieced of paper printed on both sides. Print one side, then the other. (It can also be used to reach Hispanic families in your community.)
Some churches ask their pre-school, elementary children and Senior Citizens to color one part of the cover on the coloring book. This means the children in a developing nation can use the crayons in the shoe box to complete these. So ask your people if they might be interested in personalizing your shoe boxes. Be creative and have fun!
Does your Vacation Bible School need a project? Why not the Christmas Shoe Box ministry for a developing country?
If we send the manifest about one month ahead of the container, Customs will enter it into their system and the shipment will clear in half the time. Here are our deadlines:
October 14, Monday All Shoe Boxes in a distribution/collection point.
October 21st Monday All cases of shoe boxes in the Decatur Warehouse and manifested
October 22nd, Tuesday Manifest shipped to Missionary and Customs
(1 month lead time to clear Customs BEFORE the container arrives in a developing nation in time for distribution to churches.)
November 9th, Saturday Ship Container with the cases of shoe boxes, clears Customs around Thanksgiving and distribution to churches begins two weeks later.
For more information, please feel free to contact
2014 Christmas Shoe Box Collections and Distribution Points
Discovery UMC Joe Jones 205-427-6364
Birmingham, AL 35244
North AL UM Conference Office 205-226-7950
898 Arkadelphia Avenue Doris McCuller (Bhm So. College)
Livingston Chapel UMC Bucket Gutherie 256-747-6587
Crane Hill, AL 35053
UM Disaster Warehouse Ray Crump 256-341-9961
Decatur, Al 35603
NW UM District office Haley or Jenna 256-766-4513
Florence, AL 35630
St. James UMC John Hardiman 256-627-5569
Florence, AL 35630
Mountain Lakes District Office Amy Marbut 256-546-7405
Gadsden, AL 35904
NE District Office Dale Cohen 256-536-9451
Huntsville, AL 35801
Christ UMC Lexie Hilton 205-522-1101
Jasper, AL 35501
Oxford First UMC Lorrine Nanaraine 256-454-1242
Oxford, AL 36203
Good Shepherd UMC David Tubbs 256-232-3331
Madison, AL 35757
Taylorville UMC Cheryl Hines 205-759-2944
Northport, AL 35476
Wilsonville UMC Pam Greene 205-669-9279
Wilsonville, AL 35186
Mary Ester UMC (Contact to be supplied)
Mary Ester, FL
North Georgia UM Conference (Contact to be supplied 2014)
Mississippi UM Conference (Contact to be supplied 2014)
How to be ready!
There is only one way to be ready for the next disaster in your area. Noah started building the Ark before the forty days and nights of rain started. For this reason, we ask each local church to send a group to volunteer once every three months.
This does two things:
1. It helps us be reday to respond on a twenty-five (25) minute notice.
2. It means your members know what is available FREE at 3:00 A.M. or any other time of day, to assit you in doing relief ministries in your area. It means your peoople are educated! They know what is available, where and how to get the things that are needed.
It means your church does NOT have to wait until someone tells them that there is a need. If it is your daughter or son's home that is struck, would you sit around for days before going to them and taking help? Then if it is your brothers and sisters in Christ hurting, why would you NOT go help them?
Call and make a reservation for a car load or more people to come voluteer. Call 256-341-9961 and tell us:
1. The Name of your group
2. Date and time you wold liike to come
3. Number you think might be coming AND
4. Your cell phone number.
You will be gald you did! Just call: 256-341-9961
U.M. Disaster Warehouse is owned and operated by Volunteers under the directions of the Northwest District of the United Methodist Church, North Alabama Conference.