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Fall Disaster Preparedness Rally

Help us prepare for the next one!

Natural disasters can strike anytime, and the Michigan Conference Disaster Response Team is ready to mobilize and respond quickly and efficiently. The team plans year-round to ensure we are prepared to assess immediate needs and then engage ministry partners and volunteers.


Personal Dignity Kit

How to pack Dignity Kits

Watch video on how to pack these items

    • 1 hand towel – no kitchen towels
    • 1 washcloth – no dishcloths
    • 1 toothbrush (no multipacks)
    • 1 bar soap – 3-4 oz.
    • 1 shampoo – 12-19 oz.
    • 1 deodorant – 2-3 oz. (stick, roll-on, or pump)
    • 1 1-gallon resealable plastic bag
    • $2 donation for razor and toothpaste
Clean up supplies

Dignity Kit Supplies

Watch video on how to pack these supplies

    • Liquid household cleaner – no larger than 80 oz. (no spray bottles)
    • Dish soap – bottle no larger than 64 oz
    • Liquid laundry detergent – bottle no larger than 150 oz
    • Work gloves – leather palm




Please contact Kayla Roosa, Interim Disaster Response Coordinator with questions.

[email protected]



The Michigan Conference is preparing for its biannual disaster kit rally this fall.  Midwest Mission, our long-time disaster ministry partner in Pawnee, IL, needs our help replenishing its stock as we near the peak of hurricane season.

The fall rally will focus on collecting Personal Dignity Kits and some common items found in other kits. These kits and supplies are the most popular requests that Midwest Mission receives and can be sent abroad with few restrictions to communities in need.

Read the MIconnect Article


Local church congregations that have a passion to help those who are experiencing some the most difficult times in their lives due to a natural disaster.


September 10 through October 22.


Disaster kits vary in cost.  Please consult the Midwest Mission webpage to learn what each kit needs. However, no donation is too small!  You do not need to create whole kits, any common household items on their list are welcome!


Each district has a drop off site.  Please consult the list below to find one near you!

Collection Points for Fall 2023 Rally

Central Bay District
Becky Jenkins, 4760 East Wackerly Rd., Midland, MI 48642
Contact Becky to set up an appointment: 989-859-2035

Northern Skies District, West
Ishpeming: Wesley UMC, 801 Hemlock St., Ishpeming, MI 49866
Drop-off contact: Pastor Bob Freysinger, 906-486-4681 or [email protected]
Contact Bob to set up an appointment

Northern Skies District, East
God’s Country Cooperative Parish, Dunlap Ministry Center, Newberry, MI 49869, M-123, under the blue water tower
Drop-off contacts: Rev. Jackie Roe or Randy Hildebrant, DDRC, 906-553-1953
Call Randy to arrange delivery: 906-293-5711

Northern Skies District, South
Kalkaska UMC, 2525 Beebe Rd., Kalkaska, MI 49646
Drop-off contact: Dave Stockford, DDRC, 231-384-0504
Collection will be by appointment beginning October 15

Western Waters District
Williamsburg UMC, 5750 Williamsburg Rd., Williamsburg, MI 49690
Drop-off contact: Rev. Matt Chapman at [email protected], Traverse Bay UMC at 231-946-5323, or Williamsburg UMC at 231-267-5792
Collection hours: Monday, 9 am to noon; Wednesday, 9 am to 3 pm; Thursday, 9 am to noon; or by appointment beginning October 9

East Winds District
Bethany UMC, 353 E. Vienna Rd., Clio, MI 48420
Drop-off contact: Rev. Kayla Roosa, 810-686-5151 or [email protected]
Collection hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm beginning October 9

Heritage District
Plymouth: First UMC, 45201 N. Territorial Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170
Drop-off contact: Rev. Bob Miller, 734-453-5280
Collection hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, or leave items on the porch, beginning October 9

Greater Detroit District
Warren: First UMC, 5005 Chicago Rd., Warren, MI 48092
Drop-off contact: Donna Willey, Office Administrator, 586-264-4701
Collection hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3:30 pm (outside office hours, items can be dropped inside the north entrance)

Greater Southwest District
Westwood UMC, 538 Nichols Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Drop-off contact: Nancy Vandenbrink, Missions Chair, 269-344-6945 or [email protected]
Collection hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 1 pm



Last Updated on September 8, 2023

The Michigan Conference