Collecting Disaster Supplies!

UKirk@Purdue is getting involved in the cleanup efforts following the devastation by the storms and earth quake that have recently struck southern and central North America.  We’d like to go through PDA’s (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) pipeline by assembling ‘Gift of the Heart’ Kits and mailing them off.  

The hardest part of this, for college students, is getting the stuff from the store. So what we are asking is for the congregations of our associate churches to collect donations of the supply items, and then UKirk@Purdue will do the handling of assembling, packaging, and shipping of them to PDA.  

Below is the list of items that go into the kits.  Donations of any amount of anything from these groups will be welcomed and appreciated.  At Central collection will be on going for the next two weeks at the services on Sunday and at the office (9a.m -1p.m.) during the week.

Thank you!

Hygiene Necessities:

  • hand towels (approximately 16″ x 28″, no fingertip or bath towels)
  • washcloths
  • wide-tooth combs (remove from package)
  • nail clippers (UPDATE: nail clippers with metal files or emery boards attached are now accepted; remove from package)
  • bars of soap (bath size in wrapper)
  • toothbrushes (in original packaging)
  • Band-Aids® or other adhesive bandage strips

Clean Up Supplies:

  • 5-gallon buckets with resealable lid
  • scouring pads
  • sponges, assorted sizes
  • scrub brushes
  • packages of cleaning towels (18 reusable, like Easy Wipes®)
  • boxes dry laundry detergent, 50-78 oz.
  • liquid concentrated household cleaners (like Lysol®), 12 oz.
  • bottles liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn®), 24-28 oz.
  • packages of clothespins, 48-50 Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • dust masks
  • latex gloves (like Playtex®)
  • work gloves
  • 24 to 28 count rolls of heavy-duty trash bags (30-45 gallon, remove from carton)
  • bottles insect repellant (pump, drops or lotion; not aerosol), 6-9 oz.

School Kits:

  • blunt scissors (rounded tip)
  • 70-count spiral notebooks or tape-bound pads of 8″ x 10 1/2″ ruled paper or pads with 200-210 sheets of ruled paper. Do not include filler paper.
  • 30-centimeter ruler (12″)
  • hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • new pencils with erasers
  • large erasers
  • boxes of 24 crayons
  • cloth bags, 12″ x 14″ to 14″ x 17″ finished size cotton cloth bag with cloth handles; pattern available.  (Please, no shopping bags or backpacks.)


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