GFWC-NH Inside Out
This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.
Inside Out, Harvey Edition
Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey (from GFWC Website, modified for GFWC-NH)
September 5, 2017
Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall last Friday, people in Houston, across the Gulf Coast, and around the country have come to the aid of those affected by the devastating flooding in southeastern Texas. Many of our own clubwomen have been impacted and many are offering assistance. GFWC Texas President Patti Poe says, “I have received phone calls and emails from all over the United States from the smallest clubs to state presidents asking what they might do to help in Texas.”
In response to this outpouring of concern, GFWC Texas has established a fund to aid hurricane victims. GFWC-NH Presidents and Treasurers at their officers meeting last night asked that we donate as a state organization. If you as an individual or as a club would like to donate, please send your checks to Carol Brauza, 23 Roy Dr. Hudson NH 03051. Please write “Hurricane Harvey” on the memo line of your check. Once flood waters have abated, the funds will be used by GFWC Texas to purchase crucial items such as food, water, clothing, and household necessities for victims.
Over the last week, we have witnessed incredible acts of generosity as neighbor helps neighbor; as first-responders work tirelessly to ensure the safety of residents; and as people across the country reach out in support. Help is still required to alleviate immediate needs and assist in long-term rebuilding. President Poe thanks everyone who is contributing to these efforts.
If your club wants to help by creating cleaning kits (flood buckets), they can be taken to St. James United Methodist Church in Merrimack, which is a Kit Depot. You can also take them to a GFWC state meeting and we will make sure that the kits get to Merrimack.
Cleaning Kit Materials
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
1 can air freshener: Aerosol or pump
1 insect repellant spray: 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
1 scrub brush: Plastic or wooden handle
18 cleaning wipes: Handi Wipes or reusable wipes; No terry cleaning towels; Remove from packaging
7 sponges: No cellulose sponges due to mold issues; Remove from wrapper
5 scouring pads: Remove from wrapper; No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
Clothesline: One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines; Cotton or plastic
24-roll heavy-duty trash bags: 33 to 45-gallon sizes; Remove from the box
5 dust masks
2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves: Should be durable enough for multiple uses; Remove from packaging
1 pair work gloves: Cotton with leather palm or all leather
Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket, fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins, and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.
All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.
Packing & Shipping Instructions
Box Weight: Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.
Complete 2 packing lists: one for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
Paste the shipping label / packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
Processing & Shipping Costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1.50 for each kit you send. This donation enables kits to be sent to areas in need.