Flood Buckets Needed for East Texas and Louisiana

by Laraine Waughtal*
East Texas and Louisiana are still suffering and trying to recover from the HEAVY flooding that hit those areas in February and March. Reports indicate that the flooding was worse than Hurricane Ike. Some waters are just now receding. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is almost out of cleaning buckets and they are desperate for more. We have received permission from UMCOR to send any buckets we collect directly to East Texas. 
The Central Texas Conference Disaster Response Team is already collecting cleaning buckets to go to FUMC Mansfield and we need your help immediately. Flood buckets will be collected at the First Mansfield Wesley Mission Center from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The Mission Center is a single story building on the north side of the campus.  As you enter the main drive at 777 N. Walnut Creek Dr, the building will be ahead of you on the right. You may also bring buckets on the last day which will be Sunday, April 24 from 3-6 pm. 
After all the buckets are collected, we will be taking them to Marshall, Texas to help in the area around Caddo Lake and other points in East Texas. For detailed instructions as to how to make a cleaning bucket, go to umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/Cleaning.
Please turn in ONLY $1 per bucket for transportation costs (not the $1.50 UMCOR requires) Please send a check made out to CTCUMC for all the buckets you bring.  This will cover the costs for the truck to take the supplies to Marshall and return home.
Our sister conference needs our help.  I hope and pray you have the opportunity to do this or can help someone else make a bucket.
*Laraine is the coordinator of disaster response for the CTC.  larainewaughtal@ctcumc.org