CWS Baby Care Kits

A Roma woman holds her baby

A Roma woman holds her baby inside a shipping container that has been converted into a house in Makis, a village outside of Belgrade, Serbia. These Roma families were evicted from an urban squatter settlement in 2012 to make way for construction of new apartments and office buildings. The shipping containers they now call home, which were provided at no cost by local authorities, are far from the city center.

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

In areas of extreme poverty or following a natural disaster, Baby Care Kits help young mothers care for their newborn babies.

To assemble a Baby Care Kit you will need:

  • Six cloth diapers
  • Two T-shirts or undershirts (no onesies)
  • Two washcloths
  • Two gowns or sleepers
  • Two diaper pins
  • One sweater or sweatshirt (Can be handknitted or crocheted)
  • Two receiving blankets (one can be a hand-knitted or crocheted baby blanket)

Items must be new and under 12 months in size. Wrap items inside one of the receiving blankets and secure with both diaper pins.

Download a Baby Gown patternDownload a Baby Sweater pattern

Baby Care Kit value: $39
Processing/Shipping Cost: $2 per Kit

Packing and Shipping Kits

  • Pack CWS Kits in boxes with only one type of Kit in each box.
  • Complete this Kits Coupon and enclose a copy in the top of each box before sealing.
  • Clearly indicate the type of Kit on the outside of the box.
  • Secure the boxes with packing tape.
  • Provide a return address on the box.
  • Ship all Kits prepaid to:
    Brethren Service Center Annex
    601 Main Street
    P.O. Box 188
    New Windsor, MD 21776-0188
    (Please include both the PO box and the street address on boxes.)

Some states in the east have dropoff points.  Check here for current listing.

For individuals, churches, and groups west of the Mississippi River, CWS Kits may also be sent to:

Ferncliff Disaster Assistance Center
1720 Ferncliff Road
Little Rock, AR 72223

Funds for Processing/Shipping and Purchasing Kits

Funds are needed to cover sorting, packing, and insurance, as well as shipping Kits to their final destination. Please give at least $2 for each Baby Care Kit you send. Cash donations in lieu of assembled Kits also help us to provide much-needed supplies.

Send your check or money order payable to Church World Service with the coupon to:

P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515

Questions? Call 800-297-1516