Statewide Disaster Relief Collection & Service Event - Saturday, November 12








Collections October 1 – Oct 30

This year, we are having a month-long collection event leading up to our statewide Ingathering event! During Collectober, churches are encouraged to “one-up” themselves by collecting more disaster kits and food than last year.

RELIEF SUPPLIES REQUESTED (kits are listed in the order of the greatest need!)

UMCOR Relief Kits and Supplies will be sent to Sager Brown Depot. Districts will collect and gather supplies for all 4 kits. Supplies will be delivered according to each District’s plans to the Ingathering Service Event in Little Rock at the Arkansas Food Bank on Saturday, November 12.

General Instructions:

  • Kits do not have to be assembled.
  • Like supplies can be sorted together.
  • Bulk supplies are welcome.
  • Mark any financial donations submitted with the kits as “UMCOR.”


Steps for Food Collections:

  1. Identify a local feeding ministry.
    • Consider supporting food pantries, school backpack programs, a blessing box/Little Free Pantry, or community meals.
    • The ministries or programs can be your church’s ministry, another UMC or other faith denomination’s ministry, or a community or school-based program.
    • Here is a PDF of feeding ministries that churches can search through.
  2. Contact the ministry/program leaders; tell them your church would like to collect food items for them, and ASK which items they are most in need of.
  3. Share this list with your congregations, asking for donations by October 30.
  4. Calculate the # of pounds of food collected to report on the Ingathering Report Form
  5. Deliver donations to the food ministry at a convenient time for both of you.
  6. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures to share with your congregation and on Facebook!


List of Food collection hubs for Central District


Churches and individuals can donate to help our Conference respond to disasters in our state and provide support for feeding ministries (weekend backpack programs, summer meals, food pantries, snacks and meals for literacy ministries and more).

  • Individuals can donate online here
  • Churches can send a check of collected funds along with their Ingathering Report Form


Churches should submit a report of their collections and volunteers participating. To see which district has met their goals, make sure to report by November 12.

  • Click here to report online
  • Click here to download a PDF paper form and check submission
  • Click here to download a Word document paper form and check submission

Please note that churches will be able to print a record of their online report and send a copy with a check to the Conference Treasurer. By submitting a paper check (vs credit card payment), your donations will show in the church’s monthly Tithe Report. Your payment will include any financial gifts plus monies collected for kits. Make sure to send a copy of your form and the check to the address on the form.

Saturday, November 12 | 10 am-12 pm
Arkansas Food Bank | 4301 W 65th St, Little Rock, AR 72209

Register Here

Online registration closes midnight Wednesday, November 9th


  • In-person registration will open at 9:30 a.m.
  • Worship for everyone at 10 a.m.
  • Volunteer from 10:15 am-12noon

There’s only space for 100 volunteers so any churches who haven’t registered prior to the event will need to contact Mary Lewis Dassinger (mdassinger@arumc.org).

All Disaster Relief Supplies must be delivered ONLY
between 9:30 am and 11:30 am on Saturday, November 12 at the Arkansas Foodbank.

Special Notes:

  • Supplies cannot be dropped before or after this timeframe.
  • Visit your district’s Ingathering webpage by clicking on the “District Information” tab on this webpage for more information about plans for collection.
  • Central and Southeast Districts will drop off any disaster relief supplies at the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock on Saturday, November 12 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Food Pantries Must Register to Take Food Back

Boxes of food will be set aside for only those ministries that registered online.

Special Notes:

  • Fresh produce supplies have been limited and hard to find for the Arkansas Foodbank. Every effort is being made to secure some, but we cannot guarantee at this time there will be some available to food pantries.
  • Any food kits we may pack for the Arkansas Foodbank cannot be available since they are for specific programs of the Arkansas Foodbank.

Signed Volunteer Liability Waivers are Required
Youth | Adult

Special Notes:

  • All youth must have a form signed by their legal guardian or parent (not their group leader) as required by the Arkansas Foodbank.
  • Remember if you are bringing a youth group from a local church there needs to be 2 adults for every 10 youth to comply with the ARUMC Safe Gatherings policy. You must bring 2 adults even if your group is less than 10 people.
  • Arkansas Foodbank guidelines require that all children be age 8 or older.

Download printable flyers and promotional materials


Northeast District

Location of hubs (please contact churches for drop-off dates and times):

Goals for your district:
  • 25,000 lbs of Food for local food banks
  • 2,500 items for Kits
Celebrate impact: *Hubs bring items to Newport for Celebration! Celebration from Newport: Saturday, November 12 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. then Caravan to the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for Conference-Wide Ingathering Event


Northwest District

Location of hubs:

Goals for your district: We are encouraging each church to give ONE more or donate ONE more than you did last year!


Southwest District

Location of hubs (please contact churches for drop-off dates and times):

  • Hope First UMC (2300 S Main St, Hope, AR)
    • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m
  • El Dorado First UMC (201 S Hill Ave, El Dorado, AR)
    • Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Camden First UMC (121 Harrison Ave SW, Camden, AR)
    • Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Hot Springs First UMC Christian Life Center (218 Pratt St, Hot Springs, AR)
    • November 3, 9 a.m. – noon
    • November 10, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Murfreesboro First UMC (403 2nd Ave, Murfreesboro, AR)
    • Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Call first: 479-234-1676
  • DeQueen First UMC (424 W Heynecker Ave, De Queen, AR)
    • Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Nashville First UMC (1403 W Sunset St, Nashville, AR)
    • Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Malvern First UMC (127 E Page Ave, Malvern, AR)
  • Texarkana First UMC (400 E 6th St, Texarkana, AR)
  • Magnolia First UMC (320 W Main St, Magnolia, AR)


Central and Southeast Districts

Central and Southeast Districts will drop off any disaster relief supplies at the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock on Saturday, November 12 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

List of Food collection hubs for Central District

Contact the Ingathering Coordination Team

Contact Name Role District Phone Number Email Address
Mary Lewis Dassinger Conference Coordinator ARUMC 501-425-9049 mdassinger@arumc.org
Jules Anderson District Coordinator Northwest   jules.marie.31395@gmail.com
Lindsey Russell 200K More Reasons Ambassador Northwest   lindsey.russell@arumc.org
Mary Blasingame BOGM District Secretary Northwest   mblass99@yahoo.com
Chase Burns District Coordinator Northeast   chase.burns@arumc.org
Lori Harrison District Coordinator Southwest   mslori61umc@gmail.com
Judy Green District Coordinator Southeast   sheridansfp@gmail.com
Helen Emerson BOGM District Secretary Southeast   helenemerson@sbcglobal.net
Brenda Norwood District Coordinator Central   brenda.norwood@arumc.org
Palmer Lee Online Technical Support ARUMC 501-324-8000 palmer.lee@arumc.org
Melissa Sanders Church Reporting ARUMC 501-324-8000 msanders@arumc.org