Disaster Relief Clean Up Kits

In partnership with Helping His Hands, a disaster relief ministry, LCOC has an opportunity to collect fund and supplies to assemble a goal of 100 disaster relief clean up kits.

Helping His Hands (HHH) distributes the clean up kits to volunteers who serve in areas affected by natural disasters. HHH has said they are currently out of stock of kits ready to go.

How to Help

There are two ways you can help. Either fill up a bucket by purchasing the needed supplies (using the specific shopping list) or financially sponsoring a bucket to be assembled on your behalf. More details are below.

#1 Fill Up a Bucket

Each clean up kit includes specific items requested by HHH. These items must be of good or better quality so they are useful and hold up in the field. Please use the shopping list included in each bucket to purchase the correct items.

  1. Pick up a 5-gallon bucket from the church on Sunday morning (or during office hours M-F). You can also purchase a 5-gal bucket from any home improvement store. If you purchase a bucket on your own, make sure you purchase a lid, too.
  2. Use the shopping list to fill the bucket with all the supplies
  3. Write a note of encouragement to the person who uses the bucket and supplies (suggestions can be found at the end of this post)
  4. Tape a $5 bill or a check written to “Lowell Church of Christ” (memo: “Missions: Clean up kits”) to the side of the bucket to offset the cost of the bucket itself
  5. Return the filled bucket to Big John at LCOC.
  6. Bucket lids will be added to the bucket by LCOC volunteers before being sent to HHH.

#2 Sponsor a Bucket

We understand that in the uncertain times, you may wish to simply sponsor a clean up kit rather than assemble one yourself. We have estimated the cost of filling a clean up kit to be approximately $40. Any additional funds above and beyond the actual cost of the clean up kit (if any) will be donated directly to HHH.

  1. Write a check to “Lowell Church of Christ” in the amount of $40
  2. Include “Missions: Clean Up Kit” on the memo line
  3. Write a letter of encouragement to the individual who will use the clean up kit (suggestions can be found at the end of this post)
  4. Mail your letter and check to the church office
    Clean Up Kits, c/o Lowell Church of Christ, 299 N. Burr St, Lowell, IN 46356
  5. LCOC volunteers will assemble the physical clean up kit on your behalf

Clean Up Kit Shopping List

Each clean up kit includes specific items requested by HHH. These items must be of good or better quality so they are useful and hold up in the field. A shopping list is included in the bottom of each 5-gallon bucket at the church building.

  • 5-gallon bucket with lid
    • Pick up at LCOC
  • Sponges
    • Heavy Duty hand held sponges for scraping walls and hard surfaces, One side must have a scraping hard surface
  • Wire brush
    • hand held wire brush for cleaning
  • Plastic trash bags
    • strong heavy duty black trash bags 30 gallon
  • Scrub brush
    • Hand held with a handle, heavy duty/multi-purpose
  • Rubber, elbow length, dish gloves
    • Household dish washing rubber gloves, size large, No lining, chemical resistant preferred
  • Disinfectant spray (24-32 oz.)
    • Example: Lysol
  • Plastic spray bottle
    • Commercial/household 16 oz. cleaning solutions water bottle sprayer

Sample Letters

Sample 1

Dear friends,
I was so sad to hear about the disasters in your area. I want you to know that you are in our prayers. We pray that God will give you His strength, comfort and peace. Please know that God loves you and is holding you in His hands.

Sample 2

Dear friend,
Even though we’ve never met, I would like for you to know that you are being prayed for. My prayer is that this letter can be a source of encouragement to you and your family. I/we will continue to pray that
the next steps in your journey are filled with His comfort and peace. Know that God’s strength we can make it through anything. May this short letter bring to your day a sense of love and joy. In closing, please know your cared for.

Sample 3

I’m so sorry you’re your pain and loss during this time. I thought I would send you a few verses from the Bible that I hope will help to encourage you and your family. My prayer for you is that your greatest shelter will be found in the “shadow of the almighty.” May he be your fortress and your God!

(1) Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (2) I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (3) Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. (4) He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. …Psalm 91:1-4

Sample 4

“The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of the pain, thanking God during the trials, trusting Him when we’re tempted to lose Hope and Loving Him when He seems so distant and far away. At my lowest, God is my hope. At my darkest, God is my light. At my weakest, God is my strength. At my saddest, God is my comforter.” Author unknown