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Service Projects Open to All

1. Collect and Share CWS 'Gift of the Heart' Hygiene Kits

Imagine carrying part of your heart to General Synod in a "Gift of the Heart" hygiene kit for distribution through Church World Service. In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families.  "Gift of the Heart" kits connect you with recipients in Florida, throughout the United States and all over the world.

The General Synod Service Project for 2011 begins at home.  Collect and assemble Hygiene Kits with your family, church and community.


• One hand towel measuring approximately 16" x 28" (no fingertip or bath towels)
• One washcloth
• One wide-tooth comb
• One nail clipper
• One bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
• One toothbrush (in original packaging)
• Six standard size Band-Aids®

Place all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure, remove excess air from bag, and seal. Please do not add toothpaste to the Hygiene Kit. Cartons of toothpaste that have an extended expiration date will be added to Hygiene Kit shipments just prior to shipment. Be sure to include only the contents listed and to bring $2 per kit to aid in distribution from the warehouse to the world.

Tell us NOW how many kits you plan to bring - send an email to: Challenge your church. We may need to order a bigger collection truck!  P.S.  If your church chooses to collect a different Church World Service "Gift of the Heart" kit, that’s fine.  Bring it along. "Gift of the Heart" kits include emergency clean-up buckets, hygiene kits, baby care kits, and school kits.  More details here:

Subscribe to receive Twitter messages with "Gift of the Heart" stories before and during Synod. Follow the collection truck as it carries the kits from Tampa to the CWS warehouse in Maryland for distribution all over the United States and throughout the world -   If you are not currently a Twitter user sign up here:

Bring the Hygiene Kits with you to Tampa in an extra bag.  Drop off Hygiene Kits at the Truck located in the circle drive outside the Tampa Convention Center.

Collection Hours:  

Friday, July 1: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 2: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 3: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Contribute pocket change to help with distribution costs from the Church World Service warehouse in Maryland to neighbors around the world ($2/kit). Checks can be made to "Church World Service" and dropped off at the General Synod collection site.  

Local churches and individuals also can send kits directly to the CWS warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland. Mail to: CHURCH WORLD SERVICE, Brethren Service Center Annex, 601 Main Street, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776-0188.  Send check for $2/kit for processing and distribution along with coupon available here to CHURCH WORLD SERVICE, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

Tell us how many kits sent directly to the Maryland warehouse in honor of the General Synod Service Project - send an email to:

Imagine participating in the lives of people recovering from floods in Pakistan, floods in Tennessee, or studying in classrooms in Liberia.  Imagine a global sharing of resources. Imagine What's Possible.

2. Donate Blood

Florida Blood Services will be on-site Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2.  Fourth floor of the convention center.  Follow the Signs. Your donation is especially needed during the month of July when blood donations are at their lowest and needs often are high.  It's about life!

3. Register as a Potential Bone Marrow Donor

Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2  on the Fourth floor of the convention center.

Find more information ahead of time at

What to expect at the Registry

Patients need donors who are between the ages of 18 and 60, meet the health guidelines and are willing to donate to any patient in need.

When you come to a donor registry drive, staff will explain what it means to join the registry, help you understand your commitment, answer your questions and help you through the process.

At Synod  - All you need to do is:

• Complete a registration form with contact information, health information and a signed agreement to join the Be The Match Registry. To help you complete the form, bring along:
- Personal identification (such as a driver's license or passport)
- Contact information for two family members or friends who would know how to reach you in the future if your contact information changes

• Give either a swab of cheek cells or a blood sample to be tissue-typed. We will use the results to match you to patients.  

The Need for Donors

Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases need a bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant and depend on the Be The Match Registry® to find a match — someone like you.  

Finding a match: The basics

For a successful transplant, a patient needs a matching donor. Special testing determines whether a patient and a bone marrow donor or umbilical cord blood are a good match. The closer the match, the better for the patient.

Race and ethnicity matter because the markers used in matching are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Adding more donors and cord blood units from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the Be The Match Registry increases the likelihood that all patients will find the match they need.

Your heritage can make all the difference. If you are from one of the following communities, you are especially encouraged to join the Be The Match Registry or donate umbilical cord blood:

• Black and African American
• American Indian and Alaska Native
• Asian, including South Asian  
• Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
• Hispanic and Latino
• Multiple race

We all have the power to help, the power to give hope.

Youth Service Projects

If you are attending General Synod as part of the Youth @ General Synod program, you will have the opportunity, as part of your registration, to sign up for and participate in a service project.  We ask that you select one service site per registrant.  Availabilty is limited.

Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Thursday, June 30 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) and
Friday, July 01 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Transporation to/from site and boxed lunch on-site will be provided.

Metropolitan Ministries Tampa
Thursday (8:30 am - 3:30 pm) and Friday (8:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Transportation to/from site and boxed lunch on-site will be provided.

Feeding America Tampa Bay
Thursday (8:30 am - 3:30 pm) and Friday (8:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Transportation to/from site and boxed lunch on-site will be provided.

Trinity Cafe of Tampa
Friday Only (10:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Transportation to/from site and lunch on-site will be provided.
- Health Department regulations prohibit flip-flops, sandals, or open toe shoes.
- Halter tops, tank tops and similar beach attire are not appropriate.
- The minimum age to volunteer is 16.

NOTE:  We cannot guarantee placement of a selected service project site.  However, every effort will be made to honor all requests.  Thank you for your understanding.