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John Colatch, director of religious life and College chaplain, sent this message today to the campus community:

The Hurricane Relief Committee met today. The fundraising total thus far is $5,144.53. Checks will be sent for fifty percent of the total to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Any additional funds that come in will also be sent to those agencies. Major fundraising efforts have ceased as we shift to direct aid.

We are working with Wesley Church in Bethlehem to pack and deliver Flood Buckets to the affected areas of the Gulf Coast. The church has secured a trailer, truck, and driver to take the items to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s Sager Brown disaster relief distribution center in Baldwin, La. Though the United Methodist Church is coordinating this effort, the distribution will be, of course, non-sectarian.

The buckets are available in the Religious Life Office.

We must take the buckets to the church before October 10, as they will be shipped on that day. There is no cost to us beyond the contents of the buckets. We are asking faculty, staff, administrators, and students or student groups who are interested in “adopting” a flood bucket to pick one up at the Religious Life Office along with the list of supplies to be purchased (see below).

These supplies will enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane. For flood buckets, please follow the shopping list exactly. If the requested sized item is not available, go down to the next available size, do not purchase a larger size. If possible, buy only the exact weights and sizes specified. When the items reach the relief center, they will have to meet weight requirements for shipping. Please ensure that all cleansing agents are liquids (not powder) and in plastic bottles.

5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
bleach (two 1-quart or one 82 oz. bottle)
5 scouring pads
7 sponges
1 scrub brush
18 cleaning towels (reusable wipes)
liquid laundry detergent (two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottle)
1 household cleaner, 12-16 oz. bottle
disinfectant dish soap, 16-28 oz. bottle
50 clothespins
clothesline (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.)
5 dust masks
2 pair latex gloves
1 pair work gloves
24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gallon
1 insect repellant spray, 6-14 oz. bottle (pump spray preferred)
1 air freshener, 8 or 9 oz. can (if aerosol, cans must have protective caps)
Place all items inside bucket and seal lid

Previous articles:
Lafayette Responds to Hurricane Katrina Disaster (9/2/05)
Update (9/6/05)
Update (9/7/05)
Update (9/8/05)
Update (9/9/05)
Update (9/13/05)
Update (9/15/05)

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