limpieza-cleaning-1418417Create an Emergency Clean-Up Bucket

Disasters suck. Now you can actually pitch in to help – without driving to the flooded, tornadoed, burned, or mud-slided area. That’s empowerment right there. This is an AWESOME project to do with kiddos – teach them just how incredibly lucky they are. Do it as a Giving Party playdate and teach a bunch of them perspective. Win. Win. Haw can you do this? We’ve got all of the deets below…

OrganizationIOCC, International Orthodox Christian Charities

The Low-Down:

Anyone else read about Katrina and wonder just how the heck you go back to that and where on earth do you even START? Good grief, it’s got to be so insane and just massive amounts of disgusting.

So here’s where you come in. Make a bucket and send it off to IOCC so they can distribute to victims of disasters. No longer do you need to feel helpless when reading about a disaster because you can’t pick up and go chip in. Do it from home and spread that community, people!

Who’s IOCC? IOCC, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond.

The Deets:

These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood, hurricane, tornados, or other disaster. Please consider the bulkiness of the completed kits and associated shipping costs involved before starting this project.

  • 0ne 5 gallon bucket with resealable lid
  • Five scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, assorted sizes
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen cleaning towels (reusable, like Easy Wipes ®)
  • One 50-78 oz. box dry laundry detergent
  • One 12 oz. bottle of liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol ®)
  • One 25 oz. bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn ®)
  • Fifty clothes pins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs latex gloves
  • One pair work gloves
  • One 22-27 count box heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon)
  • One 6-14 oz. bottle of insect repellant (drops or lotion, not aerosol)

Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Be sure to send all new, unopened materials. Put all items in the plastic bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape. Place each bucket in a separate box and include the name and address of the church, group, or individual sending the bucket. Close and secure the box with packing tape.

Buckets should be shipped prepaid directly to the warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland:

IOCC / Church World Service
Brethren Service Center Annex
601 Main St.
P.O. Box 188
New Windsor, Md. 21776-0188

When shipping, please:

  • Clearly mark the outside of the box with the type of kit (“Emergency Clean-Up-IOCC”) and number of kits that are enclosed.
  • Secure the boxes with packing tape.

Be sure to include the name of the parish, group or individual sending the kits on the box.

Want more info? Go here for IOCC’s Emergency Relief Package FAQs

Head over to our Giving Cards and include one in your package to make a personal connection on our Aina Connections Wall!


Mamas Aina

Carmen & Kristin

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