Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 9.37.53 AMRecently, the Washington-based magazine The Atlantic posted a
telling article about the recent flooding in Louisiana. The article, which can be found in its entirety here, is titled “America is Ignoring Another Natural Disaster Near the Gulf.” The statistics are staggering: over 40,000 homes destroyed and over 30,000 people displaced in what the American Red Cross is calling a “once in 500 or 1,000 year event” and “the worst natural disaster in America since Superstorm Sandy.” The article continues to describe that in spite of that, Americans seem to be unaware of the disaster that is currently hitting the state of Louisiana.

While the mainstream of America might choose to ignore the disaster, the Church must not. At Christ Church, we are responding to the natural disaster by partnering with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist Women to collect supplies for relief. The following supplies can be donated in the box that is designated with the UMCOR logo that is placed in the front lobby outside of Seabrook Hall. The Deadline for Donations is August 29.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1 can air freshener
    • Aerosol or pump.
  • 1 insect repellant spray
    • 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover.
  • 1 scrub brush
    • Plastic or wooden handle.
  • 18 cleaning wipes
    • Handi Wipes or reusable wipes;
    • No terry cleaning towels;
    • Remove from packaging.
  • 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).
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines;
    • Cotton or plastic.
  • 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
    • 33‐ to 45-gallon sizes;
    • Remove from the box.
  • 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.

Any of the following items will help provide relief and support for those affected by this natural disaster. More questions? Contact Grant Caldwell.

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