You Can Help with the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

We are serving as a satellite/hub receiving site for UMCOR Relief Cleaning Kits to be used for Hurricane Harvey cleanup.  Churches and individuals in the surrounding areas are invited to participate.  Other satellite/hub receiving churches are being added to a list here
The supply chain is being built with expectation that supplies collected here will be moved to the UMCOR regional Decatur, Alabama warehouse, then to the Sager Brown (Louisiana) distribution center and on to Houston and other impacted Texas areas.  Flood Buckets and other relief kits from Sager Brown stock are already being delivered/headed to Texas.
Please drop off either individual items or fully packed relief kits (details below), or checks to UMCOR, during church office hours, Mon – Thu 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  For more information or to schedule dropoff at a different time please call the church office  770-358-1494.
In addition to Flood Cleanup Buckets, UMCOR Disaster Response Leaders are also accepting the following items specifically for muck-out operations
  • Box fans (To dry out houses following flooding.)
  • 25’ heavy duty 14 gauge extension cords (To move the fans around inside a home)
  • 2 gallon garden sprayers (To fight mildew and mold)
  • Flat billed shovels (Remove mud, wet carpet, pads, sheet rock insulation, etc.)
  • Rakes with 3” tines (Remove tree limbs, leaves and muck from inside homes and yards)
  • Wheel barrows (2 wheels, so they will not turn over going to the street)
The Flood Cleanup Bucket Assembly and Shipping info below is from 

Flood Cleanup Bucket Assembly & Shipping Instructions

Cleaning Kit Materials (estimated cost $65 per bucket/kit)

  • 5-gallon 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
  • 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

How to Assemble a Cleaning Bucket

 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.

Important Notes

  • All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
  • All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
  • If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
  • If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.

Packing & Shipping Instructions

  • Box Weight: Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.
  • Complete 2 packing lists: one for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
  • Paste the shipping label / packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
  • Processing & Shipping Costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1.50 for each kit you send. This donation enables kits to be sent to areas in need.