The Disaster Care Ministry at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (BSLC) in Arlington has been assembling and delivering flood clean-up buckets to communities in need since 2008. And the Memorial Day floods left several Texas communities in need of their help – including San Marcos, Texas.
David Ricks, Chairman of the Disaster Care Ministry, was put in contact with Mark Minick of Upbring Disaster Response, and by Tuesday May 26, 300 buckets were on their way to San Marcos, and delivered to the Volunteer Reception Center in downtown San Marcos. Americorps volunteers coordinating efforts at the center then loaded them up for immediate disbursement into impacted neighborhoods throughout the area.
The five-gallon buckets contain several different cleaning products, including: bleach, Spic&Span and comet, plus paper towels, disposable rags, rubber gloves and sponges. A devotional called “Where is God Now?” is also packed with the cleaning supplies.
“It’s an ongoing process, to be ready with buckets loaded when and where needed,” said Ricks. Throughout the year, groups of 12 to 13 get together to assemble the buckets, and store them in a trailer and two rooms at the church. The buckets are donated, and the Disaster Care Ministry holds fundraisers, applies for grants and gets donations for the supplies. Some buckets are put together by other Lutheran churches in and around North Texas.
“We have the trailer packed and ready to go, then when we get the call that we are needed, we hook it up to a pickup truck. The magic number the trailer can hold and the pickup can tow is 300. Dan Cowan drove the buckets to San Marcos and made the delivery with me,” explained Ricks.
The group makes an average of three “significant” trips each year, usually during the spring and over hurricane season. They have gone as far as Brooklyn, NY, following Hurricane Sandy, and drove to Laredo, where a bucket load was handed off to be delivered to southern Mexico following a series of intense tropical storms three years ago. David Ricks also trains Lutheran groups in early response training that is certified by FEMA.
Upbring Disaster Response appreciates the “Bucket Brigade” and their timely response when we, and especially the citizens of Central Texas, needed their help.
Upbring is grateful for any financial assistance to support these relief efforts. Give Now – https://secure.upbring.org/ — designate “2015 Storms” in the drop-down menu.