Festival of Sharing
Church World Service (CWS) was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone. The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless.
The Festival of Sharing (FOS) in Ohio began in November of 1987 with the assistance of folks from West Ohio Annual Conference and CWS. Eventually a partnership was created with Otterbein University who currently provides the space and student help for receiving the kits and disaster buckets that come from across Ohio. FOS Ohio collects 1/3 of ALL the kits collected throughout the US!
Remember, when you sew a school kit bag or put the designated materials in a bag, there is the face of a single child on each of those school bags. Look at the bag and picture a refugee child receiving it in Columbus, a rural village in West Virginia or in a refugee camp on the Syrian border.
All types of kits are needed - hygiene, school, and emergency clean up buckets. Click here for kit contents. Kit collection takes place at Otterbein University on Saturday, September 17. Click here for drop off locations in the MIV.
Please contact, Janice Michael, MIV Festival of Sharing Coordinator at937-726-8558 or bandjmichael [at] bmail.com if you have any questions.