Central United Methodist Church, Honesdale, in connection with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), is collecting "flood buckets" to aid in the cleanup of areas in New York and New Jersey that were hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, a hub of UMCOR, has sent thousands of these buckets to areas in need. The supply is very low and many more are needed.
Specific items are needed for flood buckets. Anyone who would like to donate one or more is asked to closely follow the following list:
• Five-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. Orange Home Depot buckets with lids are ideal.
Liquid laundry detergent (two 25-ounce bottles or one 50-ounce bottle only)
• Liquid household cleaner (12- to 16-ounce liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water; no spray cleaners)
• Dish soap (16- to 28-ounce bottle any brand)
• One air freshener (aerosol or pump)
• One insect repellent spray (six- to 14-ounce aerosol or spray pump with protective cover)
• One scrub brush (no toilet bowl brushes, plastic or wooden handle, no kitchen or dish brushes)
• Cleaning wipes (18 Handi-wipes or reusable wipes, remove from packaging; no terry cleaning towels)
• Seven sponges (remove from wrapper; no cellulose sponges due to mold issue)
• Five scouring pads (remove from wrappers; no Brillo, SOS pads or any kind that will rust)
• Fifty clothespins (remove from packaging)
• Clothesline (two 50-foot or one 100-foot cotton or plastic)
• 24 heavy-duty trash bags (30- to 45-gallon size; remove from box)
• Five dust masks
• Disposable waterproof gloves (two pair rubber or latex Playtex kitchen gloves; remove from package)
• Work gloves (one pair cotton or leather; must have leather palms)
Flood buckets can be dropped off at Central United Methodist Church, 11th and Church streets, Honesdale, on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon; Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 19-21, 7 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to noon. Alternate drop-off times can be arranged by calling the numbers below.
For further information, call Sue at 448-2429 or Betty at 448-2349.
New Jersey helped, New York targeted
Officials at The Meagher Agency extend "our heartfelt sympathy" to all who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Page 2 of 2 - "We would personally like to thank Jim Reinhardt, executive director, along with his office manager Linda Barney from the Wayne/Pike Chapter Red Cross," said ReMax officials.
The Red Cross graciously donated the use of a 17 foot box truck which was used on last Saturday to transport the much needed supplies and donations from the agency to the Jersey Shore.
"We also wish to thank the multiple local businesses who have joined in the effort and used our agency as a drop off point," said officials.
An abundance of items such as walkers, crutches, cases of diapers for babies and the elderly along with oxygen masks, sterile water, etc. were donated by Stephens Pharmacy in Honesdale. Sandy from Main Street Bridal Shop also lent a hand along with everyone else (too many to name) who graciously pitched in.
The community sponsored effort does not stop with aid to New Jersey.
Project Reach Out: "Stuff A Truck," will be collecting many needed items this Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Dave's Super Duper in Honesdale.
Those items along with the effort of the employees at Wayne Memorial Hospital will be shipped to New York by a Leeward Construction tractor-trailer donated by Gary Linde.
"So, thank you Kathy Brundage from Top Notch and Patty from Quality printing and anyone else we may have overlooked for joining together with one goal, to provide aid and a little happiness due to this natural disaster," said officials from The Meagher Agency.