Wilton Presbyterian Church (WPC) is pitching in to help in the recovery effort after Hurricane Harvey. Now, through Sunday, Sept. 17, WPC is collecting cleaning supplies (see the specific list below) to send to homeowners and businesses that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. The effort is part of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Church World Service‘s program.

“We are reaching out to our broader community because, like many of us, we want to respond in a tangible way with a glimmer of hope. Helping people begin to clean up their homes and to let them know people beyond the region with a bucket of cleaning supplies is a way of doing that,” says WPC Rev. Shannon White.

White is grateful for any help from Wilton residents, and has received help from the business community as well.

Tom Sato, owner of Wilton Hardware, graciously donated 30 5-gallon buckets with lids for the supplies. We are grateful for Wilton Hardware’s continuing generosity to our community and beyond,”she says.

WPC members Al and Jan Galletly are the point people for this drive, and they have set up an email for questions.

Supplies are being collected in the WPC basement (drive around to the back of the WEPCO complex (48 New Canaan Rd.) near the playground to glass doors).

People may also donate gift cards for supplies to be purchased, if they like. Wilton Hardware, Walmart or Home Depot are suggestions. Also, people may ship items to the church from Amazon or other online retailers directly to the church (Wilton Presbyterian Church 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT 06897).

White says that the church will have a “Blessing of the Buckets” as part of the worship service On Sunday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m..

Harvey “Bucket List” – WPC welcomes contributions of any of the following items:

5 — Scouring pads
7 — Sponges, assorted sizes
1 — Scrub brush
1 — Pkg. cleaning towels (18 reusable, like Easy Wipes)
1 — Box dry laundry detergent, 50-78 oz.
1 — Liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol), 12 oz.
1 — Bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn), 24-28 oz.
1 — Pkg. Clothespins, 48-50
Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
5 — Dust masks
2 pair — Latex gloves (like Playtex®)
1 pair — Work gloves
1 — 24 to 28 count roll heavy-duty trash bags (30-45 gallon, remove from carton)
1 – Bottle insect repellant (pump, drops or lotions; not aerosol), 6-9 oz.

Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles.

Please contribute only new, unopened materials.

If a bucket is available, please put items in the plastic bucket. These will be packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and the lid will be sealed with packing tape.