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UMCOR depot needs new supplies

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Relief supplies from UMCOR are unloaded from a truck in Wallace, N.C., after a hurricane.
Jan. 26, 2005

NEW YORK (UMNS) ? The warehouse for the United Methodist Committee on Relief needs donations to help re-stock its supplies.

The top two needs are not the standard kits, but specific cleaning and bedding items needed to fulfill requests after 2005’s many disasters, according to Ted Warnock, interim director of the Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La.

Cleaning supplies include bleach, two one-quart or one 82-oz. bottle; all-purpose cleaner, 32-oz. bottle; liquid laundry detergent, two 25-oz. or one 50-oz. bottle; heavy duty trash bags, 33-45 oz. 24-bag roll; scouring pads; paper towels; dust-mask respirators; toilet paper; insect repellant spray, 6-14 oz. can; and sponge mops with replacement pads.

Bedding must be new, in original packaging, and in packages of two. Needed are flat full-sized sheets, pillow cases and pillows.

Other supplies needed are flood buckets, school bags and layette kits. Assembly and shipping instructions for those items are available online at, UMCOR’s Web site.

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Workers at the Sager Brown Depot finish loading a container of relief supplies for flood victims in Mozambique in 2000.
Cash donations are also needed to cover the purchase of additional items and shipping costs. Contributions can be made to UMCOR Advance #901440, Material Resource Ministry, and placed in church offering plates or sent to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, N.Y. 10087-9068. Contributions also can be made by phone at (800) 554-8583 or online at

Previously an orphanage and school for African-American children, the 25-acre Sager Brown site became a center for the storage and distribution of relief supplies in 1992.

Each year, more than 2,700 volunteers assist at the depot by processing donated supplies and creating items such as health kits, school kits, sewing kits, layette kits and flood buckets and preparing them for shipment. Volunteers also are involved in local community outreach programs, ranging from the rehabilitation of houses to assistance in public schools.

News media contact: Linda Bloom, New York, (646) 369-3759 or

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