Hurricane Harvey Relief Project
So many of us wish there was something we could actually do or give directly to those suffering from Hurricane Harvey's devastation. Well, there is.

On Saturday, September 9th, 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 what exactly 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 9th. You can just leave them inside the parking lot door.
  • Shop for and make up the complete Hygiene Kit as described in the attachment. Bring it to the church anytime through September 9th.
  • Join us on Saturday, September 9th, between 10:00 and 12 noon, to assemble the Clean-Up Buckets. We're planning to do it assembly line style. We'll provide coffee and lemonade and cookies and lots of camaraderie!

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. Cash or checks would be fine. Checks can be made payable to the Bridgewater Congregational Church. Please put 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.

Here’s the Community Spirit part!

Join your friends and neighbors at the Friendship Hall on Saturday September 9th 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.

All  items can be delivered to the Friendship Hall at the BridgewaterCongregational Church anytime and any day through September 9th!Or bring them with you to the Assembly Line gathering!

Can’t shop or join us on September 9th? We’d be very grateful for financial donations of any amountso that we can buy supplies to fill even more buckets! Checks can be made payable to the Bridgewater Congregational Church and please write Hurricane in the memo line.
You can also donate by credit card. Call the church office at 860-354-8283 weekday mornings.

Shopping List for Clean-Up Buckets
You can donate any or all of these items.
We'll assemble buckets on Saturday, September 9th

  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. 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 non surgical latex 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 cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape. (We’ll have the tape here at the church).

Shopping List for Hygiene Kits
We’d appreciate these kits be delivered to us fully assembled.

  • 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 fingernail or toenail    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 items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal. Do NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each hygiene kit just prior to its final journey. Please do not enclose money or extra items!