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The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department assists in the collection of relief materials for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria.

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Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Maria relief: Cleaning Kit Buckets (Flood Buckets) Collection

 

The scenes in Texas (the Houston area and the surrounding towns) from Hurricane Harvey, those from the Caribbean and Florida due to Hurricane Irma and again in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean due to Hurricane Maria are devastating to see and hear and the impact from the historic flooding and shear devastation will be felt for many, many years. While you may not be able to travel to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico or the Caribbean to volunteer, please consider helping our fellow Americans and those in the Caribbean by building UMCOR Cleaning Kit Buckets (Flood buckets). Buckets and items collected will sent to one of UMCOR’s main depots, Mission Central, in Mechanicsburg to then be forwarded on to those in need. It is important to note that UMCOR channels 100% of all donations, whether monetary or items, received to relief efforts.  This is made possible due to the United Methodist Church covering all administrative costs independently.   Below is a list of needed items for each Cleaning Kit Bucket:

 

***Be sure to read carefully the size limitations for each item as they are specified in order to be able to all fit into a 5 gallon bucket***


  • Liquid laundry detergent - two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottles only
  • Liquid household cleaner - 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water; no spray cleaners
  • Dish soap - 16‐28 oz bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener - aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray - 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush -plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes - Handi wipes or reusable wipes (no terry cleaning towels)
  • 5 scouring pads – no stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline - two 50 ft. lines or one 100 ft. (cotton or plastic)
  • 24 roll heavy duty trash bags – 33 to 45 gallon sizes
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pair kitchen dishwashing gloves -should be durable enough for multiple uses
  • 1 pair work gloves - cotton with leather palm or all leather

 

Important Notes

  • All items must be new
  • Be sure to read carefully the size limitations for each item as they are specified in order to be able to all fit into a 5 gallon bucket
  • All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders please.
  • If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.

 

If you can donate a full kit that is great!  If you are unable to do a full kit that is fine as well and you can only donate some of the above items (not a complete kit).  We will gladly accept any and all donations!  If you would like to make a monetary donation in lieu of collecting items, we will use that money to buy additional supplies to complete kits (see Dave Blehi in 107F Althouse Lab).  Seeing and hearing the news reports from Texas (Houston and surrounding areas), Florida and the Caribbean are troubling to say the least and this is one way that we can help those who in a matter of hours literally lost everything.

If you are interested in helping, you can just bring any items you wish to donate to 107 Althouse Lab.  We will have boxes in the reception area that you can place any donations towards the project you may have.  All donations will be packaged in buckets and sent to help.  If you have any questions you can email me and I will gladly discuss the project with you.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have any questions feel free to ask me. Thank you!

 

In Leadership, Fellowship and Service,

 

Dave Blehi

107F Althouse Lab

dmb385@psu.edu