St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
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Disaster Response

Posted on August 16, 2023 at 8:30 am in .

We ask for your prayers for the many people and families affected by the recent wildfires in Hawaii, as well as our neighbors in Florida affected by Hurricane Idalia.

Hurricane Idalia Flood Buckets Needed!

For our Florida neighbors affected by Hurricane Idalia, the pressing need currently is for flood buckets.

Thousands of Florida homes are grappling with water damage resulting from Hurricane Idalia’s flooding. To aid in the recovery, the state and other agencies has urgently requested a truckload of these essential supplies from the Florida United Methodist conference.

Here is the list of items that go into the flood bucket and directions. The video is 1 minute long and shows how to pack the 5 gallon bucket with the cleaning supplies.

Here are some purchasing options:

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Bucket and all cleaning supplies requested
  • Bucket and some supplies

The bucket is crucial to transport and for flood victims. So, we are NOT encouraging loose cleaning supplies.

Items may not be added to the bucket! Sticking to the list provided is important for packing, efficiency in transporting & storing, and avoiding waste.

Please see Disaster Response Buckets-Cleaning Kit Materials List, as well as Supply Bucket Assembly Directions below for details.

Please drop these items off on Sunday, September 3 to Building C (in the designated areas).

Disaster Response Buckets-Cleaning Kit Materials List

  • One five-gallon round bucket with re-sealable lid (14.35” h x 12.19” w x 12.19” d)
    • No screw lids
    • Advertisements on the outside acceptable
  • One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner
    • No spray cleaners
  • One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap
  • One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (liquid, not gel)
  • One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)
    • Pump spray bottles must have protective covers
  • One scrub brush
    • With or without handle
  • 18 re-useable cleaning wipes
    • No terrycloth, microfiber or paper towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • Five scouring pads
    • No stainless-steel pads with soap in them
    • Remove from packaging
  • 36-50 clothespins
  • One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)
  • 24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45-gallon sizes)
    • Remove from packaging
  • Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3 mm thickness)
    • No surgical masks
  • Two pairs kitchen gloves
    • Durable for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
  • One pair work gloves
    • Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Disaster Supply Buckets List printable version

Please return buckets to St. Luke’s Building C, where you will find designated areas to drop off your items.

Supply Bucket Assembly Directions

• Place all liquid items on the bottom of the bucket.

• Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items.

• Scouring pads and trash bags can be separated, in order to fit all items in the bucket.

• Clothespins may also be placed in a small re-sealable bag.

• Secure the lid on the filled bucket.

Important Notes

• All items must be new

• All cleaning agents must be in liquid form. No powders are accepted.

• If items have been omitted, label bucket. Please indicate which items are missing.

• Sponges have been removed from the list of supplies due to the challenge of locating the non-cellulose sponges that prevent mildew. Non-cellulose sponges will be added to each bucket upon arrival at the affiliate warehouse.

• Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional materials in the kits.

• Contents of kits or the containers of kits should not be imprinted with cartoon characters, advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols

Please drop these items off on Sunday, September 3 to Building C. There are designated areas in Building C to drop off your items.

Thank you for taking the time to provide these supplies!

Hawaii Wildfire Response

(Updated as of Aug. 14, 2023) Wind-driven wildfires on Maui have prompted evacuations and caused significant loss of life and widespread damage. UMCOR is coordinating with the California-Pacific Annual Conference to process an initial grant for emergency supplies such as shelf-stable food, water, hygiene items and tools to help survivors recover belongings. As first responders continue to provide initial aid in the area, please join UMCOR in prayer for those affected. Gifts can be made in the following ways:

  • Online at
  • By toll-free telephone call: 1-888-252-6174
  • By check made out to Global Ministries/UMCOR with “Advance #901670-Hawaii” written on the memo line and mailed to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068
  • By check made out to Global Ministries/UMCOR with “Advance #901670-Hawaii” written on the memo line and given to any United Methodist church.

For information about UMCOR U.S. Latest Responses, visit UMCOR.

Please note that giving directly to UMCOR (through the methods above)  is the quickest and most efficient way to get the funds to UMCOR. On the online form, there is a place you may check off, if you would like to give credit to St. Luke’s, your local church.

For information regarding local hurricane preparedness, visit


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