Call is out for cleaning, hygiene kits to be delivered to Nebraska district offices

3/20/2019

Officially, their name is Cleaning Kit. But in the Great Plains, we call them “flood buckets.”

Those who have received them have considered them a godsend, and if semi truckloads of them in the past few years are any indication, churches and their congregations are dedicated and excited about assembling them.

And this week, with history-making floodwaters hitting up to two-thirds of Nebraska during the past week, they are needed again.
 

Cleaning kits, also known as "flood buckets" are needed for those hard-hit in Nebraska. Photo by Todd Seifert
We are asking for the flood buck …, er, cleaning kits to be delivered to the district offices in Nebraska:
  • Blue River: 1333 N. 33rd St., Lincoln
  • Elkhorn Valley: 406 W. Phillip Ave., Suite 301, Norfolk
  • Gateway: 4009 6th Ave., Suite 13, Kearney
  • Great West: 2 N. Spruce, Suite F, Ogallala
  • Missouri River: 7318 Harrison St., Ralston
  • Prairie Rivers: 511 N. Elm St., Suite 2, Grand Island
All of the items fit in a 5-gallon, round bucket with a resealable lid, available at nearly any hardware store.

Here are the contents, prescribed by UMCOR. Do not vary from the list. If an item is missing, please make a note of it on the outside of the bucket:
  • One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner
  • One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap
  • One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (three solid, or three gel fresheners also acceptable)
  • One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (must have protective cover; pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)
  • One scrub brush
  • 18 reusable cleaning wipes (remove from packaging)
  • Five scouring pads sponges (no stainless-steel pads with soap; remove from packaging)
  • 36-50 clothespins
  • One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)
  • 24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45-gallon sizes; remove from packaging) 
  • Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3 mm thickness) 
  • Two pairs kitchen gloves (remove from packaging)
  • One pair work gloves
All of the liquid items should be placed in the bucket first, then the remaining items around them.

The General Board of Global Ministries has prepared a video on assembling the items.
 
Hygiene kits are also needed for the flood victims. Its contents are:
  • One hand towel (15 x 25 –17 x 27 inches)
  • One washcloth
  • One comb
  • One toenail or fingernail clipper
  • Bath-size soap (3 oz. bar or larger; no Ivory or Jergens)
  • One adult toothbrush
  • 10 adhesive bandages (¾ by 3 inches)
  • One one-gallon size resealable bag
Here is a video with the assembly instructions.
 
We are beginning to hear reports of Christian kindness taking place by our churches and church members:
  • The Albion UMC is serving as a temporary Red Cross Center in the aftermath of the flood.
  • A former member of Lincoln St. Paul UMC has a son who is a farmer in Salina, Kansas, and has called the church and offered a truckload of hay for any farmer that needed feed for his animals. 
If you know of other acts of assistance going on in Nebraska, please let the communications office, 785-272-9111, or your district office know.
 
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