One way to do missions during the time of Covid

By Wayne Patterson
CBFSC Disaster Response Coordinator

CBF Disaster Response is working with churches and partners along the Gulf Coast to provide buckets containing items essential for flood cleanup. If you and your church would like to create buckets for use this fall on or before November 15, CBFSC will happily collect and deliver them before Thanksgiving.

COVID-19 has limited our ability to take mission trips to help in the areas affected by hurricanes and floods and so forth, but we know the Flood Buckets will be needed and we can provide them.

It gives us a way to demonstrate love and care for the people affected even though we can’t be there in person.  We can and do send financial support but these bucket items, like many other materials, will be in short supply so we are meeting a real need and doing hands-on missions at the same time.

In addition, if small groups in our churches work together to prepare the buckets, the fellowship and general missional feeling they will experience is immeasurable.

The flood bucket project can truly help us to be the presence of Christ that helps strengthen our churches while helping our neighbor

Click Here for a PDF with items and instructions that you can use to create buckets. If buckets are assembled and brought to your church, just let Debbie Haag  know by November 15 so that we can plan for a pick up that week.

We are grateful for your partnership in Disaster Response mission work!

FOLLOWUP: Jay and Lane loaded a van with 36 flood buckets donated by CBFSC churches and individuals. Lane took the buckets to Ft. Lauderdale where the buckets will be used in gulf coasts clean-up as needed. 

Cleanup Bucket Kit

1 Five-gallon round bucket with resealable lid (14.35”h x 12.19” w x 12.19”d) [no screw-on lids / store where purchased advertisement on exterior is acceptable]

1 32-64oz bottle of liquid laundry detergent

1 16-40oz bottle of liquid concentrate household cleaner [no spray cleaners]

1 16-34oz bottle of dish soap

1 4-9oz spray air freshener

1 6-14oz pump spray insect repellent [pack of 10-20 wipes also accepted / spray bottle must have protective cover]

1 scrub brush

18 re-useable cleaning wipes [no terrycloth, microfiber, or paper towels / removed from packaging]

5 scouring pads [no stainless steel pads with soap / removed from packaging]

36-50 clothespins

1 50-100ft clothesline

1 24 count roll of 33-45 gallon, heavy-duty trash bags

5 N95 particulate respirator dust masks [1-3mm thickness / or equivalent]

2 pairs of kitchen gloves [durable for multi-use / removed from from packaging]

1 pair of work gloves [cotton with leather palm or all leather]

Assembly Instructions

Place all liquid items in the bucket first.

Place remaining items in the bucket, fitting them around and between the liquid items.

Scouring pads and trash bags can be separated and arranged with all items to fit in the bucket. Clothespins may be placed in a small, re-sealable bag.

Secure the lid on the filled bucket.

Important Notes

All items must be new except the bucket and lid.

All cleaning agents must be liquid form [no powders].

Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional items in the kits.

Containers should not be imprinted with cartoon characters, advertisements [other than store where purchased], religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols.