City: Irvine

Volunteers Pack Care Kits for Mothers in Need

Volunteers are crucial to Convoy of Hope. Some participate in Community Events, drive tractor-trailers, or clean up after disasters. Mariner’s Church in Irvine, California, recently contributed by packing 2,000 boxes of baby care kits one Sunday afternoon.

“Whether you have a lot of money or not a lot of money, or you have a lot of time or a short amount of time, it’s kind of a perfect volunteer opportunity for anybody,” Debbie Verdecia said.

Debbie is a lead volunteer at Mariner’s Christian Church and has been partnering with Convoy of Hope to host “packing parties” for three years. Her relationship with Convoy began years ago when she joined clean-up crews to serve communities struck by disasters in Houston and the Bahamas.

“To come and fill these boxes is one thing,” she said. “But when you’ve been able to see where it ends up and you’ve been able to see people in real need, that cemented it for me that this is where I want to be.”

The baby care kits that volunteers at Mariner’s Church packed will be distributed to mothers in need after a disaster.

“I think in a disaster situation, there are a lot of things that people lose,” Matt Smith, another volunteer, said. “They lose homes and material possessions, but probably the most difficult thing that they lose sometimes is a sense of hope. And what we’re able to do is come into the situation that’s probably very dark and very desperate and provide some glimmer of light, some glimmer of hope.”Thanks to volunteers like those at Mariner’s Church, thousands of people around the world will be given that hope when they need it most. To find out more about how you can volunteer to pack care kits, click here.

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