In the weeks after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee brought flooding and destruction to communities throughout New Jersey, the congregation of the United Methodist Church in Madison began gathering supplies to fill cleaning buckets. An urgent call for the buckets had gone out from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which has developed a very specific “bucket list” list of 16 items that will fit inside a 5-gallon bucket with lid. Each bucket contains household cleaning products, sponges, kitchen gloves, dust masks, work gloves and other items that enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.

The church, located at 24 Madison Avenue, set a goal of filling 24 buckets. Members met after worship on Sunday, Sept. 25, organized the donated supplies, formed an assembly line, and ended up with 29 buckets filled and ready to go.  A church member volunteered his minivan and delivered all the buckets to the area collection site at Park Avenue St. John’s United Methodist Church in East Orange. The cleaning buckets will be distributed in Northern New Jersey communities.

The United Methodist Church in Madison is located at 24 Madison Avenue, at the corner of Drew University. Sunday worship services are at 8:30 and 10 AM. Sunday school classes for children, as well as childcare for infants and toddlers, are offered at 10 AM. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information visit www.umcmadison.org or call 973-377-1231.