Flood Buckets

Buckets, buckets everywhere in our offices — and we have you to thank, Great Plains!

On August 28th, the Great Plains Conference posted a request for flood buckets (cleaning kits) to aid in relief from Hurricane Harvey.  Well, the Great Plains Conference delivered.  Members of Elkhorn Hills UMC donated money and kits along with thousands of others across our region.

UMCOR Request

UMCOR Sager Brown Depot Director Amy Fuselier has requested that the Great Plains Conference provide as many Cleaning Kits (Buckets) as possible. Please check umcor.org for a list of items and packing instructions. All kits – ONLY COMPLETED kits, are to be at either the Wichita, Topeka or Lincoln Conference Offices no later than Sept. 13. NO LOOSE items will be accepted, as these kits will be delivered to Texas on Sept. 16.

Click on the link to read the article:  Help those in Harvey’s path with cleaning buckets

Great Plains Response

A rainbow of buckets — orange, blue, pink and even camouflage — are lining the hallways of the Wichita conference offices.  As of the close of business Tuesday, Topeka has amassed 1,160; Wichita, 880; and Lincoln, 855. That’s just shy of 2,900 — and tomorrow is our first deadline, with each office getting promises of more deliveries on Wednesday. But, as it obvious by the headlines, the need isn’t over. Please continue to gather the supplies needed for more buckets to those who have been setback by Hurricane Irma.

Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way, and thanks for our staff in all three offices who participated in spur-of-the-moment “bucket brigades!”

Watch this amazing video showing the faithful and generous flood bucket response of our Great Plains Conference people and congregations toward those impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma:  https://www.facebook.com/GreatPlainsUMC/?hc_ref=ARTMbSyCY8O4u3KP6v50jvO6ASeJf5sUIl3KsIM00abEnYCpxhIQBUUiW9H46XHO7EM

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Cleaning Kit Materials

Here are the requirements for the “buckets” from the UMCOR.com website.

  • 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


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