Disaster responders in many areas of the country are preparing for spring flooding and hurricane season by urging church members to purchase or assemble cleaning buckets so that the United Methodist Committee on Relief's (UMCOR) seven relief-supply depots can be ready to ship them out to flood-affected communities without delay.
In the story "Cleaning Buckets Critical for Disaster Ministry," Darryl Tate, executive director of Louisiana Disaster Recovery Ministry, estimated that some 400 Louisiana homes were damaged when central Louisiana recently received a record-breaking 22 inches of rain in one day. Because "caring people took time to assemble or purchase cleaning buckets long before disaster ever struck," Tate says, "he was able to quickly get cleaning buckets into the hands of hundreds of affected people."
Kathy Kraiza, UMCOR's executive director of Relief Supplies, estimates that last year UMCOR shipped out more than 18,000 cleaning buckets to flood survivors.
Learn how to assemble cleaning buckets here. Your support for Material Resources Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440, will help purchase and ship cleaning buckets and other relief supplies to disaster survivors.