Clean Up Buckets

The number of disasters around the world which require clean up afterwards is increasing.  Church World Service accepts Clean Up Buckets for shipping where they are needed.  Our church collected items and monetary donations to make 30 Clean Up Buckets this past spring.  Two people bought additional items needed using the monetary donations and seven people assembled, loaded and delivered the buckets to Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, where the buckets were forwarded to Church World Service. At about $85 a bucket, this was a major project for our church family.  We are grateful to Lowe's of Westminster for donating the contents of two buckets plus giving the church 20% off all items purchased from them.


Here’s what went in a bucket:

  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable, lightweight dry cleaning towels (e.g. Handi wipes)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs heavy-duty, waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
  • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent


Delivering the Buckets

Once the buckets are assembled, the church will deliver these to Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, Maryland, along with a check to cover shipping costs.  Brethren Disaster Ministries will send them on to Church World Service.