Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ
Congregations Unite In Festival Of Sharing!
PLUS, there will be a special collection at the Regional Assembly!
For years both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ohio and the Heartland Conference of the United Church of Christ have participated in Church World Service’s annual Festival of Sharing. This year we are joining together to amplify our efforts. We have set a joint goal to collect 2,022 kits for this important global disaster relief effort this year.
We are collecting 4 kinds of kits this year in Ohio: Hygiene Kits, School Kits, Cleanup Buckets, and Welcome Backpacks (the welcome backpacks are new this year!) We also have a Festival of Sharing offering option for the churches that might not have time to make kits this year, but still want to support the kits program.
The main Festival of Sharing collection is being held on September 17th at Otterbein University in Westerville from 9 am to 12 pm. and individuals and congregations can drop off their kits there on that date.
HOWEVER, the Heartland Conference UCC has graciously agreed to have their outreach trailer at the 2022 Regional Assembly at Camp Christian on Saturday, September 24th so that you can bring your Festival of Sharing kits/backpacks/buckets with you to the Regional Assembly, and they will be delivered to a CWS location.
We hope this will make it easier for persons and communities to participate in the Festival of Sharing. We will offer a blessing for the kits as part of the Regional Assembly as well.
If neither of these drop-off times/locations work, there are many kit depots located around the state, to make it easier for people to get their kits to the Festival. Find locations at https://fosohio.org/kits-depots/.
If you do *not* bring your donations to the Regional Assembly on September 24th (or drop them off at Camp Christian* before the 24th) but deliver them to other depots, or make specific monetary donations, please email us the number and types of kits/buckets/backpacks so that we can add your congregation’s donations to the total towards our 2,022 goal!
For more information and details, including resources you can easily share with your congregational leaders, go to https://fosohio.org/.
*If you would like to drop off your kits at Camp Christian before the 24th please email email@example.com to give us a heads up, and for drop off instructions.