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