Churches collecting items for victims
LOCK HAVEN — Hearts in this river valley are often touched by news of massive flooding. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have prompted questions about how we can help the people of Texas and Florida.
The easiest way, and probably the best way right now, is to make a monetary donation. But sometimes, it feels more satisfying to give items that will be passed hand to hand, and eventually arrive in the hands of a flood victim who really needs them.
Churches in Lock Haven and Bellefonte are now asking for donations of specific items.
Covenant United Methodist Church at 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven, conveniently located two doors up from Triangle Park, across from the post office, operates the Covenant Helping Hands HUB.
The local HUB, a small missions warehouse, is now creating hygiene kits and cleaning buckets to help in the flood relief effort.
Each kit or bucket must contain the same items, according to Rev. Tanya Heatwole, pastor at Covenant. This is a great help in handling and shipping them. Each will include the following.
r 1 hand towel — 15×25 to 17×27 inches. No kitchen, cleaning or microfiber towels are accepted.
r 1 washcloth
r 1 sturdy comb — rattail combs and combs without handles are accepted. But pocket combs or picks are not.
r 1 metal nail file or nail clippers — No sandpaper, emery boards or toenail clippers.
r 1 bath-size soap — 3 ounces or larger sizes only. Soap must be in original packaging. All brands are accepted except for Ivory or Jergens.
r 1 toothbrush — adult size only, and must be in original packaging.
r 6 adhesive bandages — 3/4 inch to 1 inch wide, which is the size of a common household Band-Aid.
r 1 gallon-size resealable plastic bag
r $1 to purchase toothpaste.
r 1 bucket — 14-14.5 inches tall. Washed and cleaned buckets from restaurants or bakeries may be used. No buckets that have stored chemicals are accepted.
r Liquid laundry detergent — Two 25-oz. or one 50-oz. only.
r Liquid household cleaner — 12-16 oz. that can be mixed with water. No spray cleaners.
r 1 dish soap — 16-28 oz., any brand.
r 1 air freshener — Aerosol can or pump.
r 1 personal insect repellent spray — 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with cover. Packets of 20 wipes can be used.
r 1 handheld scrub brush with plastic or wooden handle — No tiolet, kitchen, or dish brushes.
r Work gloves — 1 pair heavy-duty cotton or leather, with leather or rawhide palm.
r 18 cleaning wipes — Handi-wipes or reusable wipes. No rags or terry cleaning towels.
r 7 sponges — Dry foam sponges, non-cellulose only.
r 5 scouring pads — No metal pads due to rust issues. Nothing with soap built in.
r 50 clothespins — Not loose but placed in a gallon-sized resealable bag.
r 5 dust masks — Placed in the bag with the clothespins or in their own gallon-sized resealable bag.
r Clothesline — Two 50-foot lines or one 100-foot line, cotton, plastic or nylon.
r 24 heavy-duty trash bags — At least 1.5-2 mil. bags, 33-45 gallon size.
r Disposable kitchen gloves — 2 pair rubber or latex. Not lightweight hospital gloves.
The church office, phone 570-748-6481, is normally open weekday mornings, and worship is at 9 a.m. on Sundays. If the building is open but the office is locked, items may be left on a table in the hallway to the left.
In the greater Bellefonte area, several churches are collecting 5-gallon buckets for hurricane cleanup kits, which will be transported to hurricane-damaged areas through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief). They also will accept cleaned and washed buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries, but not buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner.
These churches are also accepting non-cellulose sponges and disinfectant wipes.
Buckets and items may be dropped off at TMG Builders, 130 N. Water St. (trailer site), Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through Sept. 28.
More information is available from Linda Mundy Boone at 814-280-3852.
Faith Church is helping lead the collection, with support from other United Methodist churches in Bellefonte and State College.
Checks made out to UMCOR, with “Hurricane Relief” written in the memo line, may be dropped off or mailed to Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.
Also, checks may be made out to Trinity United Methodist Church and mailed or dropped off at that church at 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte, Pa. 16823. Again, “Hurricane Relief” should be written in the memo line.
A direct link for monetary donations through United Methodist Mission Central can be found here: http://missioncentral.org/how-can-i-help/donate-funds/
You may designate “Hurricane Relief” in the comments section.