A kit is any group of items for a particular agency. For groups or individuals, building a kit is a great way to spend a few hours to meet a specific need. We’ll provide a list of kits that our friends have added to their wishlist. Let us know if you have a group that’s interested!

Anderson Free Clinic

These are recommendations for healthy snack packs for those who have diabetes and/or hypertension.  Our county and state are notable for unusually high rates of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.

You can make these and bring them to HOPE Missions of the Upstate or South Main Chapel & Mercy Center, or other food providers in our “If You Need A meal” category.  All of these examples are 200 calories or less, with less than 2g of saturated fat, low in salt (<360 mg), 1 carbohydrate serving (15 g or less) and more than 2 g of protein.

Popcorn: SkinnyPop White Cheddar, Angie’s BoomChicka Pop (Sea salt) and Late July Sea Salt Organic popcorn

Dried/dehydrated fruit: Natierra Premium Strawberries, Made In Nature Smyrna Figs and Sun-Maid Dried Apricots

Crackers: Mary’s Gone Super Seed Everything Crackers, Triscuit (Thin Crisps), Crunchmaster Multiseed Original Crackers and Simple Mills Farmhouse Cheddar

Trail mix: Back to Nature Harvest Blend, Blue Diamond Almonds and fruit (Sweet Cardamom Almonds and Honeycrisp Apple) and Planter Nut-rition Omega-3 Nut Mix

Puff snacks: Biena Chickpea Puffs (Vegan Ranch), Hippeas (Vegan White Cheddar) and Harvest Red Lentil Snaps

Protein Bars: Perfect Kids Chocolate Chip Bar, KIND Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, RXBar Minis, Health Warrior Chia Bars and Clif Kids Protein Bars

Multigrain Tortilla Chips:  Food Should Taste Good Black Bean Multigrain Chips, Garden of Eatin’ Sesame Blues and Late July Multigrain Tortilla Chips

Additionally, flavored nuts and seeds, applesauce pouches, mini boxes of raisins, bean-based snacks, natural nut butters and dried vegetable snacks all are healthy options.

Meals on Wheels – Anderson

Meals on Wheels Anderson can use both food and birthday kits for the elderly and disabled homebound they serve.

You can pack and donate NICE (Nutrition in Case of Emergency) Meals

NICE Meals are provided to recipients for use at times when volunteers are unable to deliver hot meals due to inclement weather or power outages. NICE Meals are shelf-stable, ready-to-eat solutions for emergency situations. Assembling NICE Meals is an easy way to get involved at Meals on Wheels. Each no-cook meal should be placed in a one-gallon plastic zippered storage bag and should include:

Single serving, ready-to-eat canned pop-top soup (no condensed soup)

Individually wrapped Nutri-grain or granola bars

Single serving canned or boxed juice (no grapefruit or energy drinks)

Single serving, box of raisins

Single serving, cup of applesauce or fruit

Pack and Donate Birthday Bags and Cards

Each recipient’s birthday is acknowledged with a birthday bag and a card to show how much we care. Recipients may not have family in the area or friends who visit often, so this gesture can be very meaningful to them. It’s a great project for children or a wonderful group or organization activity.

Suggested Items for Birthday Bags

Crossword Puzzles // Sudoku Books // Ink Pens // Notecards // Chapstick // Hand Lotion // Socks // Combs or Brushes // Small Toiletries (Please DO NOT include razors, or anything with an expiration date such as candy or food)

Birthday bags may be delivered to the Meals on Wheels Anderson location at 105 S. Fant Street Monday – Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm or Friday from 8 am – 2 pm.

South Main Chapel and Mercy Center kits:

Pack and Donate Snack packs:

  • Tuna and canned meat; canned food with pop-top lids (stew, chili, soup, fruit, veggies)
  • Applesauce, crackers, peanut butter, cereal bars/granola bars, fruit or pudding cups
  • Individual bags of healthy snacks (Nut mixes, fruits, and nuts, pretzels)
  • Ramen noodles

Pack and Donate hygiene pack:

  • Wet wipes, small tissue packs, band-aids (small pack), Q-tips
  • Washcloths, hotel soap & hair supply, combs, brushes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Disposable razors, small shaving creams

Fill a bag or two of things for local food pantries like:

  • Good Neighbor Cupboard
  • Tabernacle of Faith
  • AIM’s Hunger Ministries
  • Operation Care
  • Orrville Baptist Church
  • Royal Baptist Church
  • Faith Food Bank
  • St Mary of the Angels
  • Sanctuary of Praise
  • First Adventist Church
  • Heaven’s Open Door
  • Honea Path United Ministries
  • Iva First Baptist
  • Piedmont Emergency Relief Center

Dried beans, rice, canned meat (Vienna sausages, hash, chicken, luncheon meat, ham spread,  ground beef, corned beef, turkey, salmon or tuna),canned beans, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups (chicken, beef stew, hearty/chunky types), canned fruits, macaroni, fruit cups, package of instant potatoes,boxes of saltine crackers, packages of instant oatmeal or grits, pasta or spaghetti, canned spaghetti sauce (no glass), ramen noodles as well as food items that are without sugar or low in sodium

Haven of Rest

Put together a Haven of Rest hygiene pack for both men and women:

  • Shaving cream and disposable razors
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • For a variety of reasons, even if it is nonalcoholic, they cannot provide mouth wash to their guests

Hospice of the Upstate

Pack some items for Rainey Hospice House and their home care program for both men and women:

  • Shaving cream (must be sample size) and disposable razors
  • Deodorant (must be sample size)
  • Lotions (must be sample size)
  • Toothpaste (must be sample size) and individual toothbrushes
  • Individual Jell-O and Pudding Cups
  • Protein Supplements (Ensure or Boost)
  • Small hair brushes
  • Kleenex
  • Sunflower seed birdseed
  • Sealable sandwich size bags

You can also pack items for their Family Snack Cart:

  • Individual bags of chips, pretzels, crackers and cookies
  • Single-serve drinks
  • Candy bars
  • Individual Jell-O, pudding and ice cream cups


Blessings Bag

Here’s an idea for having a “Blessings Bag” in your car – https://myresourceguide.org/blessings-bags/

Anderson Cancer Association

Donate: http://www.cancerassociationanderson.org/donate1.aspx

Pack some simple things for a big impact for our Cancer Association of Anderson:

  • Forever first-class letter postage stamps
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C)
  • Gas cards for patient transport
  • Gift cards to Office Depot, Staples, and Walmart