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Churches urged to assemble Cleaning Buckets
to help victims of Hurricane Sandy
Virginia Conference churches are urged to begin assembling Cleaning Buckets (formerly called Flood Buckets) to be sent to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for Hurricane Sandy cleanup. (Scroll down for assembly instructions.)
Churches across the conference have been designated as drop-off sites for the buckets (scroll down for list), according to the Rev. Glenn Rowley, conference director of Justice and Missional Excellence. Deadline to drop off buckets is Wednesday Dec. 5. Check specific dates and times each location will be open for collection. Buckets will be picked up and transported to the UMCOR depot in Pennsylvania. Buckets not delivered to these church collection stations by Dec. 5 should be held and brought to Annual Conference in June.
According to UMCOR, more than 16,000 cleaning buckets have been distributed so far to sites in five states, from Maryland to New York. This is in addition to the thousands of buckets sent after Hurricane Isaac damaged Gulf Coast states in late August.
Cleaning Buckets are also being used for cleanup in Virginia. The Rev. Robert Pihlcrantz, Virginia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, was able to obtain about 480 buckets from North Carolina and delivered them to Norfolk and the Eastern Shore on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Sandy started as a late-season hurricane in the Caribbean, where it killed 69 people, before smashing ashore in New Jersey with 80-mile-per-hour winds on Oct. 29. Impact of the storm stretched from the Carolinas to Connecticut and as far inland as Indiana. Sandy, with hurricane-force winds that extended 175 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds that extended out 520 miles, was the largest storm by area to hit the United States in decades.
Cleaning Bucket Collection Sites
- Annandale UMC, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003 - Mark Bradley, firstname.lastname@example.org - Collection Times: M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Gainesville UMC, 13710 Milestone Ct, Gainesville, VA 20155 - Hope Laingen, 805-276-8230, email@example.com - Collection Times: Tues-Fri. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Please call for Saturday drop off.
- Manassas St. Thomas UMC, 8899 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20110 - Rev David Forrest, firstname.lastname@example.org -Collection Times: M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Aldersgate UMC, 1500 Rio Rd E, Charlottesville, VA 22901 - Bob Forrest, email@example.com, Collection Times: M-F 9AM-3PM
- St Lukes UMC, 3090 N. Main St., Danville, VA 24540, Phone: 434-836-9345, firstname.lastname@example.org, Collection times: M-Thur 9AM-4PM
- Rocky Mount UMC, 35 North Main Street, Rocky Mount, Call first.
540-483-5338. Office Hours: 8:30 AM-2:30 PM, M-Th; 8:30 AM-Noon, Friday. Church also open on M-T-W (except 11/21), 6:30-8:00 PM.
- Eastern Shore District UMC Office, 18291 Jones Ave., Parksley, VA 23421, Connie Owens at 757-665-6295, Collection Times: Weekdays: Nov. 26, 27, 28, 29; Dec. 3, 4, 2012 9AM-3PM; Saturday: Dec. 1, 2012, 9AM-Noon
- Franktown UMC, 7551 Bayside Rd., Franktown, VA 23354, Ruth Thompson at 757-442-3481, Collection Times: Weekdays: Nov. 27, 28, 29, 30; Dec. 4, 2012 9AM-3PM; Saturday: Dec. 1, 2012 9AM-Noon
- Covenant UMC, 2004 Dock Landing Rd, Chesapeake, VA. 23321 - Rev. Frank Jennings, email@example.com, 757-536-0010 - Collection Times: M-F 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Thalia UMC, 4321 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 - Ron Pritchard, firstname.lastname@example.org - Collection Times: Mon & Wed 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
- Great Bridge UMC, 201 Stadium Dr, Chesapeake, VA 23322; Phone 757-482-1049; Rev. Danny Kesner; email@example.com; Collection Times: M-F 10AM-4PM
- McKendree UMC, 6870 Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23518; 757-853-0680; firstname.lastname@example.org, Collection times: M, W, Thurs. 9AM-2PM
- Farmville District Office, 204 High St, Farmville, VA 23901 - Rich Meiser, 434-392-4687 or 434-392-8089 - Collection Times: M-Thur 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Fletchers Chapel UMC, 8341 Fletchers Chapel Rd, King George, VA 22485 - Rev. Michael Reaves, 540-775-7247, cell 757-653-8537 - Collection Times: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30, Dec. 3, 4, 5. Other times by calling the church.
- Fredericksburg UMC, 308 Hanover St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 - Angie Creswick, 540-842-6036 - Collection Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. M-F
- Kilmarnock UMC, 89 E. Church St, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, Collection times: M-Thurs. 9AM-2PM 804-435-1797
- Verona UMC, 406 Lee Highway, Verona, VA 24482 - Rev Bob Weeks, email@example.com - Collection Times: M-F 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Keezletown UMC, 1456 Indian Trail Road, Keezletown, VA 22832 M-W 9AM - Noon or by appointment. To set up a drop off time call 540-269-8531 (office) or 540-908-9482 (Joel Robinette's cell).
- Highland UMC, 125 E Westover Ave, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 – Collection times: M-F 10AM-1PM or by appointment 804-526-3870
- Waverly UMC,138 Coppahaunk Ave, Waverly, VA 23890, Collection times Mondays 3PM to 5PM, Wed. 11/14 and Wed.11/28 from 10AM-3PM, Fri 11/16 and 11/30 from 10AM-Noon. firstname.lastname@example.org, 804-834-3467
- Ivey Memorial UMC,17120 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 - Rev. Rick Geoghegan,804-526-1350, email@example.com, Collection Times: M-Thurs.6AM-8PM
- High Street UMC, 31164 Camp Parkway, Courtland, VA 23837; 757-562-3367, Ann Hager; firstname.lastname@example.org Collection times: M-F 9AM-4PM
- Timberlake UMC, 21649 Timberlake Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502 – Betsy Harkleroad or Justine Kiger, 434-239-1348, Collection times M-Thurs 9AM-3PM
- Bon Air UMC, 1645 Buford Rd, Richmond, VA 23235 - Kathy Blaska, email@example.com, 804-272-2042 - Collection Times: M-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Huntington Court UMC, 3333 Williamson Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 - Virgil Decker, 540-366-3390, firstname.lastname@example.org - Collection Times: M-F 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Please call for Saturday drop off.
- Braddock Street UMC, 115 Wolfe St, Winchester, VA 22601 - Rev Kirk Nave, email@example.com - Collection Times: M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Warwick Memorial UMC, 38 Hoopes Rd, Newport News, VA 23602 - Rev Bill Davidson, firstname.lastname@example.org - Collection times: Mon-Thurs 10 am-12 pm
- York River District Office 236 Harpersville Rd, Newport News, VA 23601 Evonne Dickey, email@example.com, 757-596-3476. Collection times: M-F, 8:30AM-3:30PM. Please call ahead of coming
Please check back for updates and additional collection stations as they become available. For questions pertaining to collection stations, contact Clyde Harrell, Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a Cleaning Bucket, assemble the items listed below according to the directions at the end of the list. Click here to watch a video showing how relief supply kits (including Cleaning Bucket Kits) are assembled.
- 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 - two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottles 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 - no toilet-bowl brushes, plastic or wooden handle, no kitchen or dish brushes
- 18 cleaning wipes - handiwipes or reusable wipes, no terry cleaning towels; remove from packaging
- 7 sponges - remove from wrapper, no cellulose sponges due to mold issue
- 5 scouring pads - remove from wrapper, no Brillo, SOS pads or any kind that will rust
- 50 clothespins - remove from packaging
- Clothes line - two 50 ft. or one 100 ft. cotton or plastic.
- 24 roll heavy duty trash bags - 30-45 gallon size, remove from the box
- 5 dust masks
- 2 pair disposable waterproof gloves - rubber or latex, remove from packaging
- 1 pair work gloves - cotton or leather, leather palms necessary
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 do not include bleach in these kits. If bleach is needed it will be added at the distribution site
‐ 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 Kits Box Weight. Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.