Toiletries for Tots and Teens, Methodist Children's Home
By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist
Photo right: The Mississippi Children's Home is currently providing for 30 children. Thanks to Mississippi United Methodists toiletries are available for them.
Toiletries are simple items to many people but for some of the youth at the Methodist Children's Home Services in Jackson, Mississippi, they serve as a reminder that someone cares for them.
"It is a blessing to be able to provide the children with their own toiletries. They don't have to share with each other and they get their own special stuff that they like. It makes them feel special," according Rochelle Wright in a statement to the Mississippi Annual Conference.
Mississippi Children's Home Services provides children with safe, loving and permanent homes. That has been the organization's mission since its formation in 1912. Although the agency has changed and grown in many ways over its 100 plus years of service, it remains passionate about finding permanent homes for children and keeping the family unit together.
In 2014, the agency was awarded one of the Mississippi Conference Mission Grants in the amount of $2,500. The funds were used to purchase personal items for the children such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo and conditioner, hair brushes, soap bars, deodorants, feminine hygiene products, razors and shaving gels, washcloths, lotions and diapers.
"It saves the agency so much money, we are able to purchase much needed household items for the homes and for the children in other ways. We never have to worry if we will have the funds to provide toiletries for our kids to use," said Schtina Black, another person quoted in the report to the Mississippi Annual Conference.
The Mississippi Conference Connectional Ministries Mission Grants are matching grants available to United Methodist churches and United Methodist sponsored or related agencies in Mississippi. Grants range from $500 to $2,500 per project, with one award of up to $10,000. They are awarded to form spiritual leaders, new places for new people, connections through existing congregations and engagement in ministry with the poor; therefore, living out the four Core Values of The POWER of We.
The conference Mission Grants are possible thanks to local churches paying their mission shares.
For more information about Methodist Children's Home visit http://www.mchscares.org/about-mchs/.
The POWER of We funded in part by your apportioned mission shares.