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Colorado Flood Bucket Campaign

Important Information from TACCOR regarding the 2012 Flood/Cleaning Bucket Drive:

Here are the guidelines established by UMCOR on what needs to be in the buckets. It is important to follow the guidelines exactly or you will have trouble fitting supplies into the buckets. Their guidelines are tested and work very well.

Cleaning Bucket Kit Items
$55 per bucket.

  • 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
    (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 spay pump with protective cover
  • 1 handheld scrub brush
    plastic or wooden handle
    no toilet-bowl brushes
    no kitchen or dish brushes
  • 18 cleaning wipes
    handi wipes or reusable wipes
    no terry cleaning towels
    remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges
    no cellulose sponges due to mold issue
  • 5 scouring pads
    remove from wrapper
    no Brillo, SOS pads or any kind that will rust
  • 50 clothespins
    remove from packaging
  • clothesline
    two 50ft. or one 100ft.
    cotton or plastic
  • 24-roll heavy duty trash bags
    30 - 45 gallon size
    remove from the box
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pair disposable kitchen gloves
    rubber or latex
    remove from packaging
  • 1 pair work gloves
    leather palm necessary

Assembling 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.
‐UPS, FED EX and the US Postal Service will not ship buckets containing bleach. In such case, you may leave the bleach out of the bucket.
‐If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.
‐Cleaning buckets are only used within the United States. They are not opened to verify the contents unless there is indication some items have been omitted.

Packing Kits

  • Box Weight. Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.

Shipping Kits

  1. Complete 2 packing lists-one for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
  2. Paste the shipping label / packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
  3. Processing & Shipping Costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1 for each kit you send. This donation enables kits to be sent without delay to areas in need. For Cleaning Buckets: $1.50.

The video below shows you how to most effectively pack a flood bucket reducing the need for rework prior to distribution to those who need them.


Drop off locations:

Please call the appropriate contact person listed below before dropping off buckets to ensure that someone will be present when you drop off the buckets. Please provide an accurate count of the number of buckets being dropped off to aid in tracking of the size of the supply available.

North Texas - Lakeview Retreat Contact the center at 903-538-2711 or via email by completing their form here.


Greggton UMC 1101 Pine Tree Rd Longview Texas 75604 Phone 903-759-3831
Contacts: Ricky Ricks / Adam Straznicky / Tem Carpenter
Please contact Tem Carpenter at 903-261-4432 to advise buckets are being dropped off.


Williams Memorial United Methodist Church 4000 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 75503

Contact Danny Wayman before dropping buckets he can be reached at 903-832-8663



Southeast Texas - Old River Terrace United Methodist Church at 16102 Interstate Hwy 10 East Channleview, TX 77530 / Contact Rev. Clay Whittaker 281-452-2861