Drive for flood buckets and health kits begins


Flooding is one of the most common disasters faced by Mississippians.

In 2008, more than 600 flood buckets were distributed to flood victims in Mississippi. These buckets, containing cleaning supplies and tools, become a symbol of hope to those facing a home coated in mud. The health kits provide supplies for personal hygiene during the cleaning process. As spring flood season approaches, preparations are underway to ensure that adequate supplies of flood buckets and health kits are available throughout the state.

The Annual Flood Bucket-Health Kit Campaign is Feb. 15 through March 15. Each district collecting at least 100 flood buckets and-or 150 health kits will receive special recognition. Once Mississippi supplies have been replenished, excess buckets and kits will be sent to the Sager Brown warehouse in Louisiana to assist flood victims worldwide.

A list of the contents for the flood buckets and health kits may be obtained on the UMCOR web site or by contacting Kit Ministry Coordinators Brenda and Rex Hiatt at It is important that the content list be followed exactly. All buckets and kits should be taken to the district collection point by March 15. Collection points include:

• Brookhaven District — Brookhaven First UMC, 215 W. Cherokee

• East Jackson District — Jackson Christ UMC, 6000 Old Canton Road

• Greenwood District — Indianola Christ UMC, 221 Elaine St.; Greenville Trinity UMC, 850 McAllister, Greenville

• Hattiesburg District — Williamsburg UMC, 222 Yates Road, Collins

• Meridian District — Meridian College Park UMC, 1103 Highway 19 N.

• New Albany District — Booneville Christ UMC, 138 Co. Rd. 7200

• Seashore District — Diamondhead UMC, 5305 Noma Dr., Diamondhead

• Senatobia District — Hernando UMC, 1890 Mt. Pleasant, Hernando; Batesville First UMC, 119 Panola Ave., Batesville

• Starkville District — Columbus Central UMC, 1201 College Street

• Tupelo District — Tupelo First UMC, 412 W. Main St.; Lewis Memorial UMC, 111 W. Taylor St., Calhoun City

• West Jackson District — Clinton First UMC, 100 Mt. Salus Dr., Clinton