Mission Central Care Kits

During the month of January, our Mission’s Team will be collecting items to prepare Mission Central Care Kits. Last year Grace provided over 150 completed kits, so this year we are hoping to provide 200! Mission Central reported that in 2020 more than 3,500 people received Mission Central Care Kits. These kits are instrumental in assisting students, the homeless and others in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Your donation of materials needed to complete these kits is imperative to our efforts to show love to our neighbors! Join us in sharing our blessings and making a difference in the lives of others by this act of love! So, how do you get involved?
  1. First, purchase the items listed below
  2. Second, bring the purchased items to Grace. You can drop them off in the Mission Central bin located in the front entrance vestibule on Monday – Thursday between 9 am – 2 pm.
  3. Third, if you are unable to purchase items but want to give a financial gift to offset the cost, please consider the estimated cost of $12 for each kit to be assembled. You may make a donation by check (payable to GUMC with Care Kits in the memo); a cash donation with a notation of Care Kits; or, online through Vanco (designate Care Kits).
             ITEM                                          QUANTITY                                                       NOTES
Hand Towel                                                   1                                    Must be good quality. Kitchen, cleaning and microfiber towels are acceptable.
Wash Cloth                                                    1                                    Adult size.
Comb                                                              1                                    Any size or shape comb, including picks and pocket combs, are acceptable.
Metal Nail File                                                1                                   Please do not remove UPC sticker – this leaves a sticky residue.
Bath Size Soap                                              1                                   2.5 oz. and larger. No Ivory, Jergens or Lisa brand soaps.
Toothbrush                                                     1                                   Adult size. Ensure packaging is completely sealed. Dental ads are okay.
Adhesive Bandages                                      6                                   3/4″ to 1″ width. Common household band aids preferred.
Plastic Bag                                                     1                                   One gallon size, resealable only.

Support Your Community During COVID-19

Grace continues to serve as a collection hub for the needs of our neighbors. Our collection bins for Love INC, Hummelstown Food Pantry and Ready-for-School are located inside the main church lobby.  The Community Aid collection bin is located outside the All Purpose Room entrance of Grace. Please consider supporting these outreach programs throughout the year.
Donate to the Hummelstown Food Pantry
Their current needs include: Boxed Mac and Cheese dinners, Canned Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, Dried Pasta, Chunky soups with meat. Donations can be dropped off at Grace in the church lobby and will be delivered to the Food Pantry each Wednesday.
Donate to the Personal Care Closet at Love Inc. (Love In The Name of Christ)
Items they are currently in need of include: toilet paper, paper towels, feminine products (regular pads), household cleaners and disinfectants, dish detergent, baby wipes, and body wash. Items can be dropped in church lobby at Grace of you can drop off on Love INC’s front porch Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm at 245 East Derry Rd., Hershey.
Donate to Ready-for-School Outreach Program 
We have expended our reach into the community and will now be collecting school supplies and backpacks throughout the year to service over 700 neighbors.  Current needs include: Backpacks for K-12th grade students; Wooden Pencils; 24 ct packs of Crayons; Broad-line and Thin-line Markers; Color Pencils; Highlighters; Dry Erase Markers; Glue Sticks; 1″ Binders (black, green, blue); 2″ Binders (red); Pocket Folders with Clasps. Donations can be dropped off in the main church lobby at Grace.
Donate to CommunityAid
While changing your wardrobes from season to season – please consider donating unwanted items to the CommunityAid bin located in the parking area by the All-Purpose Room entrance. Grace received compensation for the items donated which provides support to our outreach programs! The following items may be placed in the outdoor bin: clothing, accessories, linens (no pillows or comforters); small toys and decorations. Please do not place large items or bags outside of the bin – CommunityAid will not accept these items! You may take small furniture items, medical equipment, exercise equipment or working electronics directly to a local CommunityAid for donation. Please see the detailed list of acceptable donations (CLICK HERE).