Health kits, school kits a priority for this year’s Ingathering

Ingathering Banner finalThe United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has announced that a greater number of health kits and school kits are needed for responses associated with the current refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. With the Arkansas Conference’s annual Ingathering at Arkansas Rice Depot coming up Nov. 21, now is the perfect time to assemble these kits. From Ingathering, they will be transported to UMCOR’s Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana, and UMCOR will distribute the kits wherever they’re most needed. (Learn how UMCOR is working with refugees.)

For instructions on assembling the various types of relief supply kits to send to UMCOR, visit

Ingathering 2015 details

  • Please do not bring Tornado Tubs this year. They are only distributed within Arkansas, and the Conference Disaster Response Team currently has a stock of hundreds.
  • Pre-registration includes a free t-shirt, which can be picked up at the check-in table the morning of Ingathering.
  • Pre-registration also includes the option to take home Pack Shack meals to stock your church’s own food pantry. Advance notice through pre-registration is required.
  • For pre-registration, Ingathering Remittance Forms, a soon-to-come list of early drop-off locations and dates, volunteer release forms and instructions for assembling disaster response kits, visit Links to the forms appear in the right-hand sidebar.

Schedule for Ingathering, Nov. 21

9 a.m. – Registration and Check-in

9:30 a.m. – Worship; devotional by Bishop Gary Mueller

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Serve:

  • Unload relief supplies from arriving vehicles and sort them for transport to Louisiana
  • Box up sweet potatoes for distribution to area food pantries
  • Help provide 20,000 meals through The Pack Shack meal packaging event—and, if your church has a food pantry, take some meals home with you to stock those shelves! Jobs for all ages, including tasks for those who cannot stand or move for long periods of time, will be available through this option.

(Note: To ensure equitable distribution, churches must pre-register a team with at least three adults, and indicate on the form that they wish to take packaged meals home to their food pantries.)