Lafayette’s Covenant UMC (the Pumpkin Patch church) was the pickup point for supplies after the floods of 2016 here in Acadiana. This time, they're the designated facility to assemble UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) flood buckets and hygiene kits to be distributed to communities needing Harvey disaster relief.

Here's how you can help. Every day from 7 AM – 7 PM, until further notice, volunteers will be collecting and assembling the kits. The items are pretty specific, as they know from experience what is needed and what fits in the buckets and bags, but all donations are welcome!

Items needed for each flood bucket:

  • Liquid laundry detergent- 1 x 50 oz. or 2 x 25 oz. bottles
  • Liquid household cleaner- 12-16 oz. liquid that can be mixed with water, no spray cleaners
  • Dish soap- 16 oz. bottle
  • Air Freshener- 1 can, aerosol or pump
  • Scrub brush- plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes- no terry cleaning towels
  • 7 sponges- no cellulose due to mold issues
  • 5 scouring pads- no stainless steel, Brillo, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline- 1 x 100 ft. or 2 x 50 ft. lines
  • 24 roll heavy duty trash bags- 33-45 gallon sizes
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pair kitchen durable dishwashing gloves
  • 1 pair work gloves- cotton with leather palm, or all leather

Items needed for each hygiene kit:

  • 1 hand towel- 15x25 inches to 17x27 inches. Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable.
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 sturdy comb longer than 6 inches, no pocket combs or picks, rat tail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6” of teeth
  • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers, not emery boards
  • 1 bath size soap- 3 oz. and larger only
  • 1 toothbrush- adult size
  • 6 adhesive bandages- ¾-1” size, common household Band Aids
  • 1 plastic bag- gallon size sealable only

Monetary donations are also welcome to help purchase additional supplies for cleaning and hygiene kits. Volunteers from the church will do the shopping for you!

If you’re not local and want to help, you can still collect supplies, then CLICK HERE to find out what to do from there.

photo by Debbie Ray