The Dorcas Circle meets every Thursday to put together quilts, comforters and kits as a mission of Sarasota Community Church.
In a recent year we provided 86 child blankets, 70 adult comforters, 690 kit bags, 96 baby caps, 14 pair baby booties, 69 diapers, 121 baby shirts, 102 baby gowns, 62 short baby gowns, 62 baby blankets, 99 newborn kits, 102 school kits, 525 hygiene kits, 104 relief kits, 2 prayer shawls, 5 baby quilts, and 7 adult quilts.
We recently partnered with Apopka Iglesia Christian Ebenezer Church to distribute 100 Hygiene Kits, 100 School Kits, 100 Newborn Kits, Adult Comforters, and 100 empty Kit Bags, all in the name of Jesus.
Many of our completed items go to the East Coast M.C.C. (Mennonite Central Committee) Materials Resource Center in Ephrata, PA which ships materials directly to the countries like Guatemala, Mozambique, Ukraine, Jordan, North Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Serbia, Kenya, Haiti, Iraq, Bosnia, and Syria. Since the war erupted in Syria, over 200,000 refugees have fled into Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Within Syria itself 800,000 people have fled their own homes to other areas, leaving all their belongings behind. In November 2012 Ephrata sent comforters, hygiene kits and infant care kits to Syria. To learn more about the kits, their guidelines, and other ways that you can help, visit www.mcc.org/get-involved.
If you’d like to stop by and meet these wonderful ladies who give their time and their gifts so selflessly, the Dorcas Circle meets every Thursday at 8:30am in rooms 9 and 10. Contact Marlene Beachy for more information.