• These items are needed to put together a ‘flood bucket’ like those Atlanta FUMC is sending to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey.

ATL church gathers supplies for Harvey victims

Items needed for cleanup in storm’s aftermath being sent to South Texas

First United Methodist Church-Atlanta will host a community event Saturday, Sept. 9 to assemble buckets of cleaning supplies to assist south Texans in their recovery from flooding related to Hurricane Harvey.
The “flood buckets” will contain items specially chosen to assist families in cleaning up in the aftermath of flooding, said Tonya Clayton, FUMC director of youth ministries.
“It is through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief),” Clayton said. “What is contained in that bucket are things that are needed to clean up after a flood -- as in disinfectant, gloves, dust masks, clotheslines. Just a variety of things to use for that.”
Members of the community are asked to gather on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church to help fill the buckets with supplies. The church is located at 701 Lindsey Ln., Atlanta
“We will open up our family life center and we will assemble as many buckets as we can,” Clayton said. “As many as we get supplies for … Once we get those assembled, we will ship those out to Conroe, which is actually our mission depot.” Lunch will be provided and there will be a devotional, Clayton said.
Atlanta is serving as the collection point for the UMCOR district covering this area, and the local UMCOR superintendent has called on other area churches to also gather supplies. It’s hoped that as many 1,000 flood buckets will be assembled.
Items are being collected until Sept. 6. Church officials pointed out there are many ways to assist: 
-The cost of a stocked cleaning bucket is $65. Those who want to donate can bring a check to FUMC-Atlanta with “flood bucket” in the memo and the church will assemble the bucket. 
-People are welcome to purchase supplies themselves, assemble a bucket, then bring it to the church. (Aaron’s has agreed to be a drop-off location after church hours, church officials said).
-People can purchase any of the items for a bucket that fit their budget, and the church will use it in assembling buckets.
Below is the list of items needed for each bucket:
Cleaning Kit Materials
One 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 
50 Clothespins 
- One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
- Cotton or plastic 
7 Sponges
- No cellulose sponges, due to mold issues 
- Remove from packaging 
24-Roll heavy-duty trash bags
 -33-45-gallon sizes
- Remove from the box 
18 Cleaning wipes 
- Handi-wipes or reusable wipes 
- No terry cleaning towels 
- Remove from packaging 
1 Can air freshener 
- Aerosol or pump 
1 Insect-repellant spray 
- 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover 
2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves 
- Should be durable enough for multiple uses 
- Remove from packaging 
1 Pair work gloves 
- All Cotton 
- All Leather 
- Cotton with Leather Palm
5 Scouring pads 
- Remove from wrapper 
- No stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in) 
1 Scrub brush 
- Plastic or wood handle 
5 Dust masks
The effort is open to anyone who wants to help. For more information, contact the church office at 903-796-8247. 

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