Zimbabwe Container

On September 9th a shipment of goods (books, school supplies, clothing, medical supplies, tools, food, etc…) will begin its long journey from Keene, New Hampshire to Zimbabwe, Africa. A journey that will typically take more than two months. The Board of Christian Outreach and Missions, with the help of the Congregation, will once again participate in this exciting and important program. Missions has reserved 25 cubic feet of space in the shipping container and is beginning to collect items to fill the space. We may be able to acquire more space after August 1 if necessary. Most of the supplies will go to our sister Church in Dangamvura, Mutare, Zimbabwe with a portion going to an un-partnered Church identified by the Conference. Below is a complete list of Priority Items. Also, if you have or can get standard paper ream boxes (18” x 11.5” x 9.5”), Missions would love to take them off your hands. Due to their uniform size they are ideal for the loading and unloading of the shipping container.


FOR HOSPITALS & CLINICS:  ALL MEDICINES must have an expiration
date of  6/2018 or later to be sent in this container

  • Pain relievers – ibuprofen, aspirin
  • Gauze bandages, antibiotic ointment
  • Anti diarrhea medication
  • Cough/cold medication, Vaporub
  • Vitamins (children & adult)
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap
  • Sanitary pads, petroleum jelly
  • Blood pressure cuffs (not battery operated)
  • Used glasses in good condition, reading glasses & sunglasses
  • Hearing aids with batteries
  • Towels, bedding (twin sheets, pillowcases & blankets)
  • Scales (not battery operated)
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, crutches (set at shortest settings to save space)


  • Library books, reading books at all levels
  • Textbooks (math, science, reading)
  • Pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, chalk
  • Notebook paper, notebooks
  • Art supplies, paints, crayons, markers
  • World maps, educational posters, colorful photos (from calendars)
  • Playground toys: i.e., soccer balls, basketballs, jump ropes, volleyballs
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment (for soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball & track, soccer jerseys, bibs, cleats, sneakers, socks, towels, uniform bags)
  • Musical instruments, drums, percussion
  • Backpacks, tote bags
  • Office supplies, stationary, envelopes
  • Tables, chairs, desks


  • Hand tools (hammer, screwdrivers, saws, planes, clamps, sandpaper & blocks)
  • Garden tools, shovels, crowbars, axes, rakes, hoes
  • Plumbing & electrical tools/supplies
  • Nails & screws – any size or variety
  • Door knobs, locks, hinges


  • Peanut butter, powdered milk
  • Infant formula, protein & vitamin powder (mixes with water)


  • All CLEAN & in good condition
  • Gently worn clothing for children & infants
  • Skirts and dresses, blouses, shirts for women and girls
  • Suits, sports jackets, dress shirts, ties, pants, and short sleeve shirts for men
  • Sneakers & shoes (no high heels)
  • Rain coats, windbreakers, fleece jackets
  • Medium weight jackets
  • Sweaters, sweatshirts
  • Socks – children & adults (male & female)
  • New underwear for children & adults
  • Bras, new or gently worn
  • Black shoes/sneakers for school children (and black shoe polish for school shoes)


  • Bicycles (recently serviced)
  • Basic books for cooking, sewing and carpentry
  • Sewing machines (recently cleaned & serviced) with manual
  • Sewing supplies – fabric, notions, zippers, buttons, thread, sewing patterns for dresses, skirts (ladies, girls) and shorts (boys)
  • Adaptor plugs & voltage converters
  • Solar powered lights & flashlights


  • Clergy gowns and shirts
  • Theological books
  • Bibles (RSV, NRSV) & Commentaries


  • Desktop computers, laptops (Windows 7 or 8), delete programs, music & games to increase processing speed
  • Printers & ink cartridges
  • Office Jet 920XL cartridge black
  • Copy paper, box files
  • 3 ring notebooks and 3-hole punches