CWS Hygiene Kits

Pakistan: Mohammed brushes his teeth

Brushing teeth is a daily routine most of us take for granted--but not seven-year-old Mohammed, who has been living in a tent city where water can be scarce. After the October 2005 earthquake that flattened Mohammed's hometown, CWS provided refugees with shelter, water, sanitation, schooling, CWS Health and School Kits, and medicine.

Photo: Annie Griffiths for CWS

In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, Hygiene Kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families.

To assemble a Hygiene Kit you will need:

  • One hand towel measuring approximately 16" x 28" (no fingertip or bath towels)
  • One washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb
  • One nail clipper
  • One bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
  • One toothbrush (in original packaging)
  • Six standard size Band-Aids®

Place all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure, remove excess air from bag, and seal. Please do not add toothpaste to the Hygiene Kit. Cartons of toothpaste that have an extended expiration date will be added to Hygiene Kit shipments just prior to shipment.

Hygiene Kit value: $10
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 Hygiene 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