May I designate my Kits for a particular location?

No, the Kits you provide are packed with other same-type Kits and prepared for shipment to various points throughout the world, when and where the need is the greatest. CWS provides assistance to people in need regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religion.

Can anything else be added to the Kits?

No additional items can be added to the Kits, and items are limited to only those listed so that Kit recipients have the same materials. In an effort to meet the needs of local agencies in very diverse settings and cultures, the CWS Emergency Response Program works to keep the Kits as useful as possible to meet the needs of recipients. In addition, to facilitate international shipping, distribution, and review by customs officials, the boxes into which the Kits are packed at the warehouse must weigh the same and contain the same number of Kits and components. Please do not include personal notes, artwork, checks or cash.

Can we include religious or other symbols on the components or in the Kits?

Please do not decorate your Kits with religious or governmental symbols or include components with these symbols. Kits are shared with people based only on need, regardless of religion, and should not be used as a way of proselytizing.

Can we include a note with our Kits?

No. For a Kit recipient to read the note, it would have to be translated into his or her own language, a time-consuming and costly process, which is outside the scope of the CWS Kit Program

Is there a blessing that can be used for Kit dedications?

Yes. This Kit Blessing may be used for the dedication of your Church World Service Kits.  It is adapted from blessings used at Presbytery Ingatherings in Illinois.

Do you have a question not answered here? Call your CWS Regional Office toll-free at 888-297-2767.