Hurricane Relief Project ~ Saturday, September 29th
The Hurricane Season is expected to be an active and very dangerous one . . . starting right now with Hurricane Florence. As we did last year after Hurricane Harvey, we’re assembling Clean-Up Buckets and Hygiene Kits for distribution in areas affected by Florence and the storms that follow.​​

So many of us wish there was something we could actually do or give directly to those suffering from the devastation of natural disasters. Well, there is.

On Saturday, September 29th, we'll be putting together Clean-up Buckets and Hygiene Kits to be distributed by Church World Service .* They have provided us with a list of exactly what is needed in these buckets and kits. The list is below.

Three ways you can help:
  • Shop for items on the Clean-Up Bucket list and bring them to the Friendship Hall at the Bridgewater Congregational Church any time on any day from now through September 29th. You can just leave them inside the parking lot door.
  • Shop for and make up the complete Hygiene Kit as described below. Bring it to the church anytime through September 29th.
  • Join us on Saturday, September 29th, between 10:00 and 12 noon, to assemble the Clean-Up Buckets. 

​All items can be delivered to the Friendship Hall at the Bridgewater Congregational Church anytime and any day through September 29th. Or bring them with you to the Assembly Line gathering!

If you're not able to shop for the bucket contents or come by to join the assembly line, we'd love financial help so that we can purchase bucket items we're short on or supplies to make up even more buckets.

Click here if you'd like to make a donation online.

If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to the Bridgewater Congregational Church. Write Hurricane in the memo line. You can bring your check/cash to the office (slip under the door if no one's here) or mail checks to us at PO Box 7, Bridgewater, CT 06752. An alternative is to call the office (860-354-8283) and donate to us by credit card over the phone.

Here’s the Community Spirit Part!

Join your friends and neighbors at the Friendship Hall on Saturday, September 29th, between     10:00–12:00 noon for our bucket-filling assembly line! Bring your kids . . . it’s a great way for
them to help, too! We’ll have everything sorted into boxes so you can carry a bucket around
and fill it up assembly line style. We'll provide coffee and lemonade and cookies and lots of camaraderie!

Shopping List for Clean-Up Buckets

     You don’t have to donate a whole bucket’s worth of supplies. Any items on the list   
     that you can contribute will be a huge help.  We’ll collect them and have a “bucket
     brigade” to assemble full buckets on Saturday, September 29th, from 10:00-12:00  

  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable cleaning wipes (Handi Wipes, Easy Wipes)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid  laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs heavy-duty, waterproof dishwashing gloves
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
  • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

     Please do not enclose money or extra items!
     All items must be new — all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened.

Shopping List for Hygiene Kits

Please assemble a full kit
before dropping off.

  • One hand towel measuring   approximately 15″ x 28″ to 16″ x 32″ (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
  • One washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
  • One nail clipper removed from the package
  • One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper
  • One toothbrush in the package
  • Ten standard size Band-Aids

All of these supplies are available at 
most grocery stores or dollar stores.

     All items must be new and need to
     fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper
     closure bag. Remove the excess air
     from the bag and seal. Do not add
     toothpaste or any extra items. A    
     tube of extended expiration date 
     toothpaste will be added to each
     hygiene kit just prior to delivery.
These photos are from Hurricane Harvey, August 25th, 2018.  Sadly, we'll be updating them with Hurricane Florence pictures . . .
* Church World Service's work began in 1946, in the aftermath of the Second World War, with a mission to feed the hungry and help those in need. CWS is an inter-denominational, faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. They are positioned around the world with relief supplies and aid and are among the first responders in a disaster. Please visit their website and learn more about their vital work!