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Current list of drop-off depots (updated 9/3/17)
Great news! The push to help restock CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets for hurricane and other disaster survivors has succeeded! Congregations from coast to coast assembled hundreds of buckets, replenishing CWS's depleted supply.
Now Church World Service is asking the UCC to shift to putting together CWS Hygiene Kits over the next few months. Of course, if you are in the process of assembling more buckets, please finish them!
Please note: Many CWS Kits depots will close until spring; see http://cwskits.org/depots for the list of year-round drop-off points.
UCC Disaster Ministries will continue to offer $250 matching grants to congregations assembling CWS Buckets and Kits as an incentive to assemble Church World Service kits.
Members of the denomination can assist hurricane and other disaster relief efforts by pre-assembling various kits that are warehoused by CWS, ready to be shipped at a moment's notice when the need arises.
"For families that have lost everything, CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other CWS Kits are more than just relief supplies, they are an expression of love and symbol of hope for the future,” said Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Disaster Ministries executive. "It's energizing to see congregations engaged in hands-on ways, reaching out to people they will likely never meet.”
This is the third year UCC Disaster Ministries has offered the matching grants. The ministry will fund participating and qualifying congregations up to $250 per congregation on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 200 congregations that raise $250 in cash and in-kind gifts for kits.
HYGIENE KITS CONTENTS AS SPECIFIED BY CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
- One hand towel measuring approximately 15″ x 28″ to 16″ x 32″ (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
- One washcloth
- One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
- One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
- One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper
- One toothbrush in the package
- Ten standard size Band-Aids
All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing. Do NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each hygiene kit just prior to its final journey.
Processing fee: $2.00 per kit
BUCKET RECIPIENT, PARTNER TESTIFY TO THE NEED
Celesta Bridgeforth of Athens, Ala., remembered the grief of losing her home to a tornado in 2011.
"We received a CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket at that time,” she said. "It wasn't a million bucks but it was nice, convenient and timely and sure did help when I'd lost almost everything and didn't know what was going on.”
The need for cleanup buckets was substantial last fall in North Carolina, where the UCC ordered 1,000 CWS buckets for the Red Cross to help the residents of Lumberton and Warsaw affected by flooding. Those supplies helped families clean out their homes enough to assess the damage, muck out and tear out ruined drywall.
CeCe Williams, a Red Cross warehouse manager, said, "It's a crucial stage in their recovery from the flood. We are so grateful to our partners who are supporting our communities. Without them, we would not be able to help the great number of people in need."
CHURCH ASSEMBLES NEARLY 450 CWS KITS WITH HELP FROM UCC DISASTER MINISTRIES MATCHING GRANT
With help from a $250 UCC Disaster Ministries matching grant for CWS Kits, members of Second Congregational Church UCC in Bennington, Vt., assembled 310 CWS School Kits, 133 CWS Hygiene Kits and one CWS Emergency Clean-Up Bucket. Wow!
Pictured: Kits assembly brings out the kid in two volunteers!