Hurricane Response

Cleaning Kits

Click here to download a PDF with instructions on how to assemble a cleaning kit. Scroll down to see the complete list.

MERCI Center

The MERCI Center, located in Goldsboro, is a facility where you can help assemble cleaning kits, hygiene kits, and school kits. It's about an hour drive from our church campus. Click here for their address and for the hours they'll be open to receive volunteers. If you watch the video at the top of their page, you may see some familiar faces.

Disaster Response Call Center

The Disaster Response Call Center can use volunteers to manage calls. It is located in our Conference Headquarters at 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, NC 27529. Send an email to offering your availability if you would like to serve in this capacity.

Early Response Training (ERT)

Click here to sign up for early response training or to learn more about upcoming training events.

BMUMC Disaster Relief Coordinator

Bret Lehman, our Disaster Relief Coordinator would love to hear from you. You can contact him by phone at 919.961.3785 or by email at


Bishop Hope Morgan Ward has asked the churches of our Capital District to offer relief, clean-up, and rebuilding assistance for the people affected by hurricanes affecting our state. Our immediate response is to donate funds through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). One hundred percent of your donation goes to response/relief efforts. You can give online and mark it for UMCOR, and we will direct it specifically to NC Storm Response. You can also put a check in the offering plate with UMCOR on the memo line.



Bring to Benson Memorial UMC Church Office.



• One five-gallon round bucket with resealable lid (14.35”H x 12.19”W x 12.19”D)

• No screw lids

• May be used, but must be free from all residual product

• Advertisements on the outside are acceptable

• One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent

• No powders are acceptable.

• One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner

• No spray cleaners

• No powders are acceptable.

• One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap

• One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (three solid, or three gel fresheners also acceptable)

• One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)

• Pump spray bottles must have protective covers

• One scrub brush

• With or without handle

• 18 reusable cleansing wipes

• No terrycloth, microfiber, or paper towels

• Remove from packaging

• Five scouring pads sponges

• No stainless steel pads with soap in them

• Remove from packaging

• 36-50 clothespins

• One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)

• 24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon sizes)

• Remove from packaging

• Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3mm thickness)

• No surgical masks

• Two pairs kitchen gloves

• Durable for multiple uses

• Remove from packaging

• One pair work gloves

• Cotton with leather palm or all leather



1. Place all liquid items in the bucket first.

2. Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items.

3. Scouring pads and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all the items in the bucket.

4. Clothes pins may also be placed in a small resealable bag.

5. Secure the lid on the filled bucket.

6. Bring to BMUMC Church Office or Narthex by Sunday, October 21.