Laundry Detergent

I have received information from a reliable source that Aldi’s has 50-ounce liquid laundry detergent for $1.88 (plus tax).  This is one of the items for Flood Buckets.

You may bring items to the church anytime that we are open and we will be here assembling Flood Buckets this coming Sunday, September 10th from 2-5 p.m.  Hope to see you then!!

Blessings to you.


Shopping for Flood Bucket Items

Flood buckets items in my officeI went shopping on the way to the church this morning – for flood bucket items!!

My first stop was Dollar Tree because I had heard that I could get a lot of the items there! And that it correct!  Here is a run-down of the items I brought at Dollar Tree (all items are $1 each:

  • Liquid household cleaner (16.9 oz. Fabuloso)
  • Dish soap (16 oz. Ajax)
  • Clothesline (50 ft for $1, so I purchased 2)
  • 7 Sponges (Scrub Buddies Nail Guard Sponges – 6 to a package; I pruchased several packages)
  • 18 Cleaning wipes (Brillo Basics Reusable Wipes – 12 to a package; again I purchased several packages)
  • 1 Can air freshener (Glade Spray)
  • 2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves (Scrub Buddies Reusable Gloves – 1 pair so I purchased several)
  • Scouring pads (10-pack of Scouring pads)
  • 1 Scrub brush

Then I went to Walmart:

  • Liquid laundry detergent (They do have 50-oz liquid laundry detergent. I purchased Great Value Ultimate Fresh for $3.46)
    • One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • 50 Clothespins (1 package of 50 for $0.97 – better buy than Dollar Tree)
  • 24-Roll heavy-duty trash bags (Hefty Strong 33-gal. Trash Can Liners, 48 each – $12.68 – enough for 2 flood buckets)
  • 1 Insect-repellant spray Cutter Skinsations, 7.5 oz. – $2.88)
  • 1 Pair work gloves (Leather palm gloves – $1.77)
  • 5 Dust masks ($0.97 – better buy than Dollar Tree)

I got my bucket at Lowe’s for $2.98; the lid cost additional $1.38.

So to get a bucket, lid and all the items for 1 bucket I spent (using the best price), before tax: $33.75!

If you know of better prices, please share!!

I was able to get Hefty Ultra Strong 33 gal. Heavy Duty Trash Can Liners (90 count) at Sam’s for $16.98.  We will split the package into several flood buckets.

The picture is of my table in my office.  Let’s overflow my office!!

You may bring items to the church at any time, but the BIG Flood Bucket Assembly is scheduled for Sunday, September 10th from 2-5 p.m. in the “D” building (Fellowship and Activities) of First United Methodist Church, 330 N Broadway, Wichita. Hope to see you there and that we fill LOTS of flood buckets. [I have a goal of 500 buckets – please show me that I should have thought bigger!)

Questions? Email me at

Flood Bucket Questions – Hopefully Answered

I spoke with Hollie Tapley, Great Plains UMC Disaster Response Coordinator this morning to get some clarification to questions I have received.  Following is what I found out:

  • Sponges
    • The list says to get non-cellulose sponges; however, you MAY give cellulose sponges, but remove them from the packaging and put them in a zip-loc type plastic bag.  We have to keep them dry.
  • There are also questions about the quantity of the liquid laundry detergent, liquid household cleaner and dish soap.  You can be up to 2 ounces less than or greater than the amount stated, but NO MORE than that!
    • I was able to find 50-ounce liquid laundry detergent at Walmart this morning.
    • I found 16.9-ounce liquid household cleaner and 16-ounce dish soap this morning at Dollar Tree.
    • I will be blogging shortly about my shopping experience this morning buying items for flood buckets!!

If you have more questions, please let me know at

Flood Bucket Assembly

Wichita First United Methodist will be hosting a Flood Bucket Assembly event on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 2 – 5 p.m. at 330 N Broadway, D Entrance (closest to Third Street).

You may park in the parking lot off of Topeka.  Proceed to check-in and then to Wilke Family Life Center.

Bring your completed flood buckets and/or items from the following list (they must match what is on the list!!).

  •  1 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
  • 50 Clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
    • Cotton or plastic
  • 7 Sponges
    • No cellulose sponges due to mold issues
    • Remove from packaging
  • 24-Roll heavy-duty trash bags
    • 33-45 gallon sizes
    • Remove from the box
  • 18 Cleaning wipes
    • Handi-wipes or reusable wipes
    • No terry cleaning towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • 1 Can air freshener
    • Aerosol or pump
  • 1 Insect-repellant spray
    • 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
    • Should be durable enough for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
  • 1 Pair work gloves
    • All Cotton
    • All Leather
    • Cotton with Leather Palm
  • Scouring pads
    • Remove from wrapper
    • No stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 1 Scrub brush
    • Plastic or wood handle
  • 5 Dust masks

Hurricane Harvey – How Can I Help?

As Hurricane Harvey continues to dump more and more rain on Texas, especially the Houston area, and heads towards Louisiana, many are asking what they can do.

  • Pray
  • Give to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Advance #901670, United States Disaster Response (  100% of each gift goes to the relief effort.  Wichita First United Methodist Church will be taking a Special Offering this Sunday for UMCOR Advance #901670, but you may give at any time.
    • If you don’t know about UMCOR, they go into areas needing assistance and stay throughout recovery, which could be years.
  • Pray for not only the Houston area and Louisiana, but those areas that were initially hit (for example, Rockport, Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca).
  • Make a complete flood bucket and bring to Wichita First United Methodist Church (330 N Broadway, Wichita).  Complete flood buckets may be brought to the “Worship and Fellowship” entrance off the parking lot.
    • What is a flood bucket?  It contains the items that people will need to clean up after the water recedes.  Go to where you will find what needs to be in a flood bucket and how to assemble.
    • Unable to put together a flood bucket?  Donate to Wichita First United Methodist Church and we will purchase the supplies and assemble the flood buckets.  The value of a complete flood bucket is $65.00.  Please note on your check’s memo – “Flood buckets”.
    • Flood buckets will be taken to UMCOR Sager Brown Depot where they will be distributed to the needed areas.
  • Continue praying!

When will we be sending Disaster Relief Teams to Texas?  We don’t know yet!!  The storm is not over and first responders will have to evaluate what they need.  Once we have received notification of where, when and what is needed, we will be forming teams and coordinating with UMCOR.  The first people allowed in will be ERTs (Emergency Response Trained).  Many teams will be needed for years.

  • If you are interested in going on a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Team, please let me know.  Please indicate if you are a certified ERT.  You may contact me at  I will notify you as soon as we know more.
  • Do NOT self-deploy!  Patience and flexibility are needed right now.

Please contact me at with your questions.

God bless you all!