Hurricane season has left many in need of help

This has been a devastating hurricane season, with Harvey, Irma and Jose in our rearview mirror and Maria barreling up the Atlantic. And the season goes through Nov. 1, so who knows if there will be more to come.

Needless to say, our help is desperately needed. The Congregational Church of Amherst is hosting an Emergency Cleanup Bucket & Hygiene Kit drive through Oct. 22, and we are hoping you will participate!

These kits are distributed throughout the country and the world to those most in need, by the Church World Service organization ( There are many ways to participate, both individually or to partner with someone: groups, clubs and Scouts. This can be a meaningful project to adopt, and it takes minimal time and effort. Collection points are the Congregational Church of Amherst (11 Church St.) and the home of Nancy Protzmann, 14 Candlewood Drive. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Protzmann at or 603-321-7099. Thank you.



One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind).

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 feet or one 100 feet.

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.

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.


One hand towel measuring approximately 15–28 to 16–32 (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. Please 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.

Nancy Protzmann