Despite the current drought conditions The United Methodist Committee on Relief is in dire need of Clean-up Buckets to restock the shelves at UMCOR's Midwest Mission Supply Distribution Depot in Chatham, IL. Thousands of buckets were sent this spring to flood victims in the North Central Jurisdiction, and the shelves are nearly bare. We will collect clean-up buckets or monetary donations for supplies at St. Mark’s through August 16.
Each Clean-Up Bucket contains (click here to download this list):
· 5-gallon bucket with re-sealable lid (Buckets from fast food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned. Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner.) Advertisements on the outside are acceptable.
· Liquid laundry detergent (two 25 oz. or one 50 oz., bottles only)
· Liquid household cleaner (12-16 oz. liquid that can be mixed w/ water. No spray cleaners.)
· Dish soap (16-28 oz.)
· Can air freshener (aerosol or pump)
· Insect repellant (6-14 oz. aerosol or pump w/protective cover)
· One scrub brush (no toilet bowl or kitchen/dish brushes)
· 18 cleaning wipes (Handi-wipes/reusable wipes, no terry cloth. Remove from pkg.)
· 7 sponges (Remove from wrapper. No cellulose sponges.)
· 5 scouring pads (Remove from wrapper. No Brillo, SOS or any that will rust.)
· 50 clothes pins (remove from pkg.)
· Clothesline (2-50’ or 1-100’. Cotton or plastic.)
· 24-bag roll heavy-duty 30-45 gal. trash bags (remove from box)
· 5 dust masks
· 2 pair disposable waterproof gloves (rubber or latex, remove from pkg.)
· One pair work gloves (cotton or leather, leather palms necessary)
Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.
- All items included must be new except for the bucket.
- If the requested item size is not available, use the next smaller size.
- All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders please.
- They are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Please only include the requested items.
- If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.
St. Mark's also collects the following items year round:
Health Kits (return to top)
Prepare the kit according to specifications. No more, no less PLEASE
1 hand towel (no bath towels)
1 wash cloth
1 metal nail file or clippers (no emery boards or tonnail clippers)
1 bar bath size soap
1 large tube toothpaste
Seal all items in a 1 gallon plastic bag and return to St. Mark's.
Campbell's Soup Labels (return to top)
The number one redeemer of Campbell’s Soup labels in the United States last year was Red Bird Missionary Conference, and St. Mark’s is partly responsible for that good work! Bring your soup labels into the office and our volunteers will clip, count and bundle them so they are ready to mail to Red Bird. The part of the label that can be redeemed is the UPC section, along with the “Labels for Education” symbol.These labels allow them to buy items for their school classrooms and playgrounds that they would not be able to afford otherwise. They will also accept Box Tops for Education labels from General Mills products and Tyson A+ labels.
Cell Phones and Computer Printer Cartridges (return to top)
East 10th St. United Methodist Children and Youth Center can make money off of your old cell phones, as well as your used inkjet and laser cartridges (in plastic bags, please!). They are given credits, which they turn into cash, for those items we turn in to recycle. It’s as easy as bringing those items to the church and placing them in the designated wooden bins or boxes at the main entrance. The center needs your support and your help is greatly appreciated!