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Most of us have been riveted to the tragic flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the surrounding coastal areas. And of course, we probably feel compelled to do something but don't always know where to start. In fact, during Katrina, many well-intended efforts went for nothing because the organizers of those efforts had little idea where supplies and resources should be sent.

Thankfully, much has been learned since then and here at Grace we are taking advantage of what has been gleaned from others. With that in mind we have developed a relationship with a group in Houston on the front lines of this disaster giving us now an opportunity to help.

This website has the information you need to get involved and make sure that what you do or give actually makes a difference in the right places. Check it out and get started. Help will be needed for a long time, and if we'll work together we can make a difference in Jesus' name.


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Cleaning Kit Materials

5-gallon Bucket with Resealable 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:
One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) 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) 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
Remove from packaging

(7) Sponges:
No cellulose sponges due to mold issues
Remove from wrapper

(5) Scouring Pads:
Remove from wrapper
No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)

(50) Clothespins:
Plastic or Wooden

Clothesline (Rope):
One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
Cotton or plastic

24-roll Heavy-Duty Trash Bags:
33‐ to 45-gallon sizes
Remove from the box

5 Dust Masks

(2) Pairs Kitchen Dishwashing Gloves:
Should be durable enough for multiple uses
Remove from packaging

(1) Pair Work Gloves:
Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Assembly Directions:

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 of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

Important Notes:

-All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
-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 all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.

Hygiene Kit

(1) Hand Towel
(1) Washcloth
(1) Bar of Soap
(1) Toothbrush
(1) Toothpaste
(10) Adhesive Bandages
(1) Comb
(1) Finger Nail Clipper
(1-2) Travel Size Tissues
(1) Travel Hand Sanitizer
(1) Gallon Size Ziploc Bag


Cases of Bottled Water
(1) Gallon Drinking Water

Non-Perishable Food Supplies

Canned Items:
Canned vegetables, canned meat, canned beans, canned fruit, canned sauces

Boxed Items:
Cereal, meals kits, spaghetti noodles, macaroni, rice, etc.

Note: Some items will be distributed to families and some will be used to feed relief workers.

Miscellaneous Items


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