St. John’s needs help to help those in Louisiana

Volunteers in Louisiana prepare buckets for delivery.

Volunteers in Louisiana prepare buckets for delivery.

KINGMAN – St. John’s United Methodist Church is currently gathering supplies to make cleaning buckets for those affected by the flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi.

It’s part of a larger effort through the United Methodist Committee on Relief, said Tammy Tahbo of Kingman.

“We don’t have many natural disasters in our area, and it’s time for us to step up and really help somebody else,” said Tahbo. “We’d like to see everyone come out and donate.”

From now until Sept. 10, St. John’s will be collecting cleaning supplies at the church, located at 1730 Kino Ave.

Five-gallon buckets with resealable lids; liquid laundry detergent; liquid household cleaner (the 12- to 16-ounce variety that can be mixed with water, no spray cleaners); dish soap; scouring pads (nothing with soap built in, such as SOS pads); and sponges (nothing with cellulose because of mold issues); are needed.

Also needed are clothespins; clotheslines; heavy-duty trash bags; dust masks; kitchen dishwashing gloves; work gloves; scrub brushes; cleaning wipes (no terry towels); air fresheners; and insect repellent sprays.

Donations can also be made by a check to St. John’s (in the memo area write UMCOR) or by going to the umcor.com and clicking on the “donate” button

“We had done this during Hurricane Katrina,” said Tahbo, where they collected bedding and towels. “This time we have chosen to donate buckets for cleaning.”

On Sept. 10 beginning at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., the buckets will be filled and sent to an emergency supply depot in Salt Lake City, where supplies will be consolidated and trucked to Louisiana, said Tahbo.

“I’d like people to help stuff buckets,” said Tahbo. She estimated each bucket will have about $50 worth of cleaning supplies in them.

UMCOR is collaborating with FEMA and other national disaster response organizations, including the American Red Cross, Lutheran Disaster Response, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and the umbrella group, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.