May 7, 2013

Emergency Cleanup Buckets Urgently Needed

Buckets: Loading for Peoria
At CWS's New Windsor, Md., warehouse May 6, the driver closes up his truck loaded with 1,008 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets in preparation for the overnight trip to flood-ravaged Peoria, Ill. More buckets are needed urgently to replenish supplies. Photo: Terry Goodger

As the 2,500th CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket arrives today in flood-ravaged Illinois, Church World Service is appealing urgently for people to replenish its rapidly dwindling supply.

Heavy precipitation from early 2013 storms and floods has resulted in widespread and severe flooding in Illinois and other states.

“The CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets are giving hope and help to survivors,” said Barry Shade, CWS associate director for U.S. disaster response.  “With needs assessment ongoing, CWS expects to respond to additional requests from Illinois and other states for buckets.  When we do, we hope to be able to respond without delay.”

Only about 2,600 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets remain in the agency’s warehouse in New Windsor, Md., Shade said.

A shipment of 1,008 Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets is scheduled to reach Peoria, Ill., today for distribution to area households as flood waters recede from their properties.

The DuPage County, Ill., Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management received and quickly distributed 500 at the end of April, and the Red Cross in Rolling Meadows, Ill., received 992 buckets for distribution Saturday, May 4.

CWS, a global humanitarian agency and sponsor of CROP Hunger Walks, emphasizes the importance of faith community involvement in long-term recovery from disaster. The agency enlists congregations in supplying tens of thousands of CWS Blankets, CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other CWS Kits for shipment to disaster survivors every year.

In addition, it helps flood survivors access the material, emotional, spiritual and human resources they need to get back on their feet and go on with their lives by helping communities to start their own long-term recovery groups.

CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket contents and instructions:

Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be sent to your denomination/communion or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. (REF: EARLY 2013 STORMS, FLOODS and TORNADOES APPEAL {U.S.} # 627-X.). See CWS Appeal #627-X.

Donations to our emergency response efforts around the globe may also be made online.

CWS Emergency Response Specialist Susanne Gilmore, based in Manhattan, Kansas, is the point of contact for CWS assistance in Illinois:, 785-477-7823.