Hurricane Response

Haymarket Church Hurricane Response

After flood waters recede and damaging winds are gone, the people and communities that have been impacted by hurricanes are left with the hard work of cleaning up.  The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides something called a “cleaning bucket.”  A cleaning bucket provides some of the basic essentials that are necessary to “begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.” In the wake of Harvey, UMCOR warehouses shipped trucks full of cleaning buckets to the affected areas.  Those buckets will continue to ship as cleanup continues.  And, in the wake of Irma, as cleanup is needed, UMCOR will ship cleaning buckets to enable communities to begin the cleanup and rebuilding process.

Each week between now and the end of October, Haymarket Church is collecting supplies for these cleaning buckets.  Then, on October 29th, immediately following worship, we are going to assemble some those cleaning buckets. UMCOR is going to be shipping thousands of cleaning buckets out of its facilities over the coming months, and we want to help replenish their supplies – so they can ship more to help with the recovery from Harvey and Irma and be ready to respond quickly when the next storm hits.  Each week between now and October 29th, we will have a donation location at the back of our worship space labeled “Hurricane Response Buckets.”  Each week, bring the assigned items (and any items from previous/upcoming weeks that you missed or will miss) or a monetary donation to cover the cost of purchasing that item to worship and leave it in the donation location.

Important Notes

  • All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
  • All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
  • If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
  • If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.

Donation Schedule

 Week 1) Sunday, September 10: Bring the bucket!

  • 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
  • Or $5 donation to buy a bucket.

 Week 2) Sunday, September 17: Soaps and Detergents

  • 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
  • Or $20 donation to buy these supplies

Week 3) Sunday, September 24: Sprays

  • 1 can air freshener
    • Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray
    • 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • Or $10 donation to buy these supplies

 Week 4) Sunday, October 1: Scrubbing Supplies

  • 1 scrub brush
    • Plastic or wooden handle
  • 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)
  • Or $10 donation to buy supplies

Week 5) Sunday, October 8: Wipes and Trash Bags

  • 18 cleaning wipes
    • Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
    • No terry cleaning towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
    • 33‐ to 45-gallon sizes
    • Remove from the box
  • Or $10 donation to buy supplies

Week 6) Sunday, October 15: Clothespins and Clothesline

  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
    • Cotton or plastic
  • Or $5 donation to buy supplies

Week 7) Sunday, October 22: Gloves and Masks

  • 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
  • Extra financial donations to help us buy extra supplies!

Week 8) Sunday, October 29: Packing Day!

Show up for worship at 10 AM at Gravely Elementary School (4670 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket).  After worship we will take the supplies we have and assemble these cleaning buckets so that they can be shipped to an UMCOR warehouse and be ready to be distributed in response to the recent hurricanes or the next major storm or flood that hits.  This is a great activity for people of all ages and ability levels.  Make a difference together with your church as we seek to put God’s love into action together!


More on the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

UMCOR is the relief arm of the United Methodist Church and a top-rated global charity.  Because their administrative costs are supported through offerings at United Methodist Churches (like Haymarket Church), 100% of every donation made to UMCOR for disaster relief goes directly to disaster relief. To find out more about UMCOR go to their website. To make a donation, go to their donate page. For more details about cleaning buckets, go to their cleaning bucket page.