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UMC connection is powerful in times of Irma disaster

UMC connection is powerful in times of Irma disaster

Disaster Recovery Photo Essays
Editor's Note: Donate here to the Florida Conference Hurricane Irma Fund to help churches and the neighborhoods that surround them. Volunteer to bring yourself or a team to help with the recovery. Together, with God, we are bigger! #flumcWeAreBigger

The power, value and blessings of the connection of The United Methodist Church become visible and tangible in times of disaster. This “flood bucket” photo essay features only a few of our Florida churches who donated, delivered and distributed supplies to those in need.
Originally started in 2016 as a response to the floods in Louisiana, the Florida Annual Conference Cleaning Bucket Challenge organizes our response to disaster-stricken areas. Keep up to date regarding our response to victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. #ImWithTexas #ImWithFlorida

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The Boca Grande Lighthouse UMC's relief brigade readies to assist Alva.

Community UMC in Fruitland Park had 300 buckets ready to go as of September 2.

Counting 119 from First Gainesville as of September 25.

First Bonita Springs distributed the buckets in the community.

First Church Oviedo joined the bucket brigade on August 31.

First Jupiter Tequesta sends buckets and more to Key West relief.

First, St. Petersburg, started on 100 buckets on August 29.

Hyde Park in Tampa makes 150-bucket commitment on August 29.

It was a blessing to bring supplies to First UMC Moore Haven. Many churches pitched in. Posted by Patti Aupperlee, UMC Palm Beaches.

More flood buckets stacking up at First Gainesville.

New Covenant UMC in The Villages sent 104 buckets with ERT team to South Florida. 165 packed and waiting. They packaged a total of 400!

Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg is ready to deliver.

Rev. Pam Carter, First Lakeland staff member, appreciates those who delivered supplies to neighbors.

Riviera UMC in St. Petersburg had buckets ready to go on August 30.

St. Luke's in Orlando extended it's flood bucket challenge when Irma hit Florida.

Volunteers unloading Alabama-West Florida buckets at Trinity in Gainesville.