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This year we are continuing the Gift Catalog where you can purchase gifts in honor of loved ones that benefit those in need in Mexico. To see the catalog, simply click on the link above.

In This Issue


School Supply Drive 


Workgroups Continue to Serve 


ScheduleDonation Schedule
The following schedule highlights our donation focus through the coming months.

July 2014
Educational school supplies.

September 2014
Medical supplies and clothing.

For more details on specific items needed, please click on the date.
LocationsDonation Locations
To find locations for donating items to CUPS for distribution to our friends in Mexico, click here

Please call the location contact to confirm your delivery.
EventsUpcoming Events

July/August 2014

Educational School Supplies Collection


Be on the lookout for sales on school supplies that are available as the school year approaches.


Fall 2014

Medical Supplies Collection


October 11, 2014

Board Meeting

DriveSchool Supply Drive


As the fall approaches bringing the beginning of a new school year, CUPS will be having another school supply drive to provide basic essentials for children in Mexico. Just this week, a letter went out to the many churches that have supported CUPS in the past inviting them to participate in this drive. Many children in Mexico enter the school year without the basic educational materials needed to be successful. Along with our partner churches, we would like for you to join with us in collecting school supplies for these children.


These school supplies will be collected and distributed by CUPS to over fifty schools in Mexico for kindergarten, primary school and middle school students. We are in need of the following basic educational materials along with other optional supplies for students and teachers that can be found on our website by clicking here.


Construction paper
Pencil sharpeners
Washable colored marker sets
Spiral notebooks
Liquid glue
Pencils, #2
Glue sticks
Dry erase markers
Pens, black and blue
Math flash cards
Copy paper
Books in Spanish
Colored pencils


Schools in Mexico begin classes in late August but it takes a couple of weeks for the schools to become settled with their enrollments for the school year. CUPS visits schools or makes contacts with community friends and leaders to ascertain the number of students and teachers that are in need of supplies so that we bring the right amount of school supplies and enrichment materials like books and math exercise cards. Each student is special and we want to ensure that we do not leave anyone out.


We would like to have the educational school supplies collected by August 31, 2014 so that we can arrange to pick them up for distribution to various schools in Mexico. Please contact the closest donation location to arrange for your school supplies to be picked up. Thank you for all that you have done to support the ministry of CUPS as it continues to help the least of these in Mexico. The smiles on the faces of the students whose lives are touched by your loving donations is simply wonderful. 


WorkgroupsWorkgroups Continue To Serve


After the end of classes this year, from May 18-23, First Presbyterian Church Kingwood sent a group of 11 college students and 7 adults on a mission trip to the Rio Grande Valley that was coordinated by CUPS.  CUPS' mission director, Louise Flippin, arranged several different service activities for the week, including constructing PETs in Stan Marley's PET RGV facility in Mission, TX, repairs at three homes of elderly, low income people in two Hispanic colonias in McAllen, and learning about the needs of immigrants from the staff of Project Arise, an agency that provides assistance of all types to immigrant families in the Rio Grande Valley, including issues of shelter, food, education, transportation, and various legal problems. The group stayed at the First Presbyterian Church of McAllen, sleeping on the floor in classrooms, and fixing all its meals in the FPC kitchen.  


Because of the variety of work activities, the group was divided into three parts each day, and during the week, the youth were able to experience each of the different activities.  During the evenings, the group had a brief worship service in the FPC chapel. All of the youth and adults on the trip had a very meaningful experience as they interacted with the homeowners in the colonias and with each other. The feeling was one of being God's hands in service to others, while receiving bountiful blessings from the interaction with them.  Such was the power of trying to live Christ's command to love one another as ourselves. The colonia homeowners we were there to assist felt this same power. One of them, Crucita Gonzales, felt moved to cook special Mexican dishes for the group working at her house, and spent as much time as she could talking to members of the group. At one point, Crucita said to me "This week, God has sent me angels".  We rarely, if ever, think of ourselves as angels, but the metaphor is appropriate for those seeking to do God's work in the world, as it is in this endeavor that we are most like messengers of God. 



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