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Aug 19 / Nancy

Zimbabwe Collection 2015

Children of Southdown

Children of Southdown

Tamandai Primary School classroom

Tamandai Primary School classroom

First Parish Church, among many churches from the northeast, will once again be collecting items to help fill a storage container to benefit the people of Zimbabwe. We became involved in this project through a friend and guest preacher Rev. Fungayi Mutsumbei, who at the time was attending Andover Newton Theological School, but is now the pastor for our partner church South Down in Zimbabwe.

Starting now and continuing through September 16 (packing party September 17!) we will be collecting items that we take for granted every day. Items the people of Zimbabwe do not have regular access to: clothing, medicine, books and even soccer balls.

Items needed include: Sewing machines and materials, chainsaws and wood working tools, used clothing in excellent condition for all ages, warm jackets and sweaters, athletic shoes and cleats, soccer balls and uniforms. Health supplies including tooth paste and tooth brushes, ibuprofen, asprin, antibiotic ointment, vitamins and band-aids. All types of school supplies, art supplies and library and text books for all levels. Click to see a complete list of items in need.

If you can, please donate items in good condition and/or supplies that you regularly buy at Target. Donations can be brought to our office at 1 Chapel Lane (behind Santander Bank off of Route 127) from 9-noon weekdays or to the Church on Sunday mornings.

We are following up on our successful effort in 2014. Click to see the results of that project.

The First Parish Church is excited to continue to build our relationship with the South Down Church and our friend Rev. Mutsumbei. The South Down Church is a UCC church that is located in Chipinge, Zimbabwe where there is also a school and a clinic dedicated to helping the people from this region.

Rev. Mutsumbei's children' sermon includes discussion about inflating soccer balls

Rev. Mutsumbei’s sermon includes discussion about inflating soccer balls