The weather outside was frightful, but inside the Campus Center, the activity was delightful as members of the campus community took part in a “Kitz Blitz” as a practical extension of Mission and Service Days, Feb. 15-16.
Working rapidly in an assembly line arrangement, students put together health kits, each containing one toothbrush, one squeeze-tube toothpaste, one wrapped bar soap, one fingernail clipper and one dark color hand towel.
When the final kits were tied and placed in containers for shipment, the total number assembled stood at 616, reported Helen Nafziger, director of career services.
Help for Victims
The kits will be sent to Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, Pa., for distribution to persons living in disaster sites, refugee camps and war zones.
While some persons contributed items for the kits, others gave money toward the contents. Each kit could be assembled for $5.
Activities began a day later than planned because of an ice storm that closed the campus Wednesday, Feb. 14.
“To be honest, it just feels good to help with this project,” said a freshman nursing major.
“Knowing that needy persons around the world will receive these items and feeling their happiness makes me happy.”
Representatives of eight church-related agencies had displays set up around the perimeter of the Campus Center Greeting Hall and talked with persons about possible service assignments with their organizations.
Agencies included Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee, Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions, Washington (DC) Community Scholars Center, Pittsburgh (PA) Mennonite Urban Corps, In His Mansions, Hillsborough, N.H., and Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
“The Kitz Blitz and mission recruitment combines opportunites to be of service on campus as well as other domestic and international opportunities,” Nafziger said.