Dear Hyde Park Family,

Today’s Midweek Message is clear and simple: The people of Texas need help, and the United Methodist Church is ready to respond.

Our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already actively engaged in providing and coordinating response efforts to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey all throughout the Gulf Coast, and they are asking every local church to participate.

Last year, Florida United Methodist churches responded to the floods in Louisiana by donating over 3,100 flood buckets, including about 200 from this church and over 170 from other area churches and businesses. The Florida Annual Conference has now challenged all of us to donate 4,000 total buckets for Harvey relief.

They are also asking people to donate hygiene kits, which contain necessary health supplies contained in a one-gallon plastic bag.

This Sunday, we will have 150 empty buckets for you to pick up and return, filled, by Monday, September 18. Supply lists for both flood buckets and hygiene kits will also be available, or you can read the complete list below. For more information on how to assemble the kits and the impact they make, click here.

You may also make a financial donation, all of which will go directly go to people in need. Make your check payable to Hyde Park United Methodist, and designate it for “Hurricane Harvey” or “UMCOR” or give online directly here.

Flood Bucket (Cleaning Kit) Materials

  • 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)
  • 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)

Assembly Directions

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 to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

Hygiene Kit Materials

  • 1 hand towel (15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches; Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable)
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb (Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long; No pocket combs or picks please; Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth
  • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers (No emery boards, please)
  • 1 bath-size soap (3 oz. and larger sizes only; No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content; Do not remove from original packaging)
  • 1 toothbrush (Adult size only; Do not remove from original packaging)
  • 6 adhesive bandages (¾ inch to 1 inch-size; Common household Band-Aids)
  • 1 plastic bag (One-gallon size sealable bag only)
  • $1.00 to purchase toothpaste

Assembly Directions

Set the $1.00 for toothpaste aside to be included in a separate envelope. Lay out the hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel. Place all remaining items on top of the washcloth. Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all the items. Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag.

Grace and Peace,

The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

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