UMCOR issues appeal for flood bucket donations


Special to the Advocate
In response to widespread flooding throughout the Midwest and Mid-South, Mississippi Conference Disaster Response Coordinator the Rev. C.J. Caufield has issued a call for flood buckets.

"We need flood buckets. Please put out an appeal for these in your churches. We will need these for the next several weeks," said Caufield.

Heavy March rains swelled rivers and creeks, causing flooding throughout Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. As the waters flow into the Mississippi River, some flooding in Mississippi's Delta counties was expected.

Caufield said volunteers who can pick up and transport flood buckets are also needed. In addition, he is looking for a conference flood bucket and kit coordinator who would organize regular collection requests for flood buckets and relief kits (school, hygiene, layette, bedding, etc.) and related logistics in times of disaster. To volunteer, e-mail or call 601-940-7272.

Flood Bucket
Supplies shown at right help people begin the cleanup job after a flood or storm.

Special requirements: Put all items in the plastic bucket and seal lid. Please ensure that all cleansing agents are liquids (not powder) and in plastic bottles.

All aerosols or flammables: If aerosols are included, do not send the bucket by U.S. mail or DHL/Airborne freight. Ship by UPS ground, FedEx ground or truck. Pack inside the bucket or strong outer boxes. Put the ORM-D mark on the outside of any buckets or boxes containing these items. Get different sizes of the ORM-D mark at

Collection points:
• Central Mississippi Area -- Clinton First UMC, 100 Mount Salus Dr., Clinton; contact: Bill Burrow or Linda Pope, 601-924-6671; Times and dates: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through April 4 and April 7-11

• Delta Hills Area -- Trinity UMC, 850 McAllister St., Greenville; contact: Davis Carothers, 662-332-1815; Times and dates: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through April 3 and April 7-10

• North Mississippi Area -- St. Luke UMC, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo; contact: Howard and Carol Crump, 662-869-

5176; Times and dates: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. April 5.

• South Mississippi Area -- Asbury UMC, 1331 Highway 42, Petal; contact: Kristen Pratt, 601-545-3006; Times and dates: 8 a.m.-noon through April 3 and April 7-10.