Help us show support for hurricane and flood victims by joining forces with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and responding to their urgent request for Cleaning Kits, formerly called Flood Buckets.

 The people of Texas, Florida and now Puerto Rico, are going to need these items for many, many months to come.  We took ten full buckets over last week to the Mantua Methodist Church.  We were the first church to do so.  I am thrilled with the wonderful response St. Paul’s has shown, but . . . we can do more.  It takes around $90-$100 to fill one bucket. I know it’s pricey, but, if we can get a few people to get together to do one bucket, that’s a big help.
–Sandy Wagner

Cleaning Kit Materials

  • 5-gallon round bucket with resealable lid
    • Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
    • Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
    • Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
    • No square buckets (Only round buckets are used to ensure proper stacking during transportation)
  • Liquid laundry detergent
    • One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • Liquid household cleaner
    • 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
    • No spray cleaners
  • Dish soap
    • 16‐28 oz. bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener
    • Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray
    • 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush
    • Plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes
    • Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
    • No terry cleaning towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges
    • No cellulose sponges due to mold issues
    • Remove from wrapper
  • 5 scouring pads
    • Remove from wrapper
    • No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
    • Cotton or plastic
  • 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
    • 33‐ to 45-gallon sizes
    • Remove from the box
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
    • Should be durable enough for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
  • 1 pair work gloves
    • Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Assembly Directions

Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket, fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins, and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

Please drop donations in the side foyer. Thanks.

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