CWS Cleanup Kits Collection at Newman UCC


With Hurricane Harvey having brought record flooding to Texas and Louisiana, and Hurricane Irma roaring through the Caribbean on its way to Florida, Church World Service has issued an urgent appeal for Cleanup Buckets.

As of Sept. 3, CWS was already filling requests for 56,687 CWS Hygiene Kits, Emergency Cleanup Buckets and Blankets.

Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, RI has agreed to take in these buckets through the end of the month, at which point a truck will pick them up for delivery. 

Churches can apply for matching grants from the national UCC to help cover the costs of the kits - read more here.

Each bucket is worth $75 and must contain:
  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.) 
  • Four scouring pads 
  • Seven sponges, including one large 
  • One scrub brush 
  • Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes) 
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent 
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap 
  • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles) 
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins 
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft. 
  • Five dust masks 
  • Two pairs non surgical latex gloves 
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather 
  • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton 
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent
Please DO NOT add anything to them. All cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened.

Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape.

A downloadable shopping list, and more information, is available here:

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