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NEWS | Sept. 1, 2017

JBSA chaplains kick off Operation Buckets of Blessings for flood victims

By Col. Jimmy M. Browning 502nd Air Base Wing chaplain

Hurricane Harvey left disaster in its wake, affecting hundreds of thousands people and flooding numerous communities and homes.

The 502 Air Base Wing Chaplain Corps is partnering with faith-based community organizations to provide much-needed resources for when the clean-up phase begins as people return to their once-flooded homes.

Operation Buckets of Blessings will present families with a five gallon bucket and a specified collection of cleaning supplies. The list of supplies were developed from the experience people who’ve dealt with the aftermath of a home flooding previously.

All the JBSA chapels will be accepting donations and the chaplains will regularly deliver the buckets to designated faith-based community organizations who have the means to deliver these cleaning supplies to those whose homes were flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Donations will be accepted until the end of October.

Operation Buckets of Blessings is an options for many of JBSA members who want to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in additional ways. The initial goal is 1,000 filled buckets.

Organizations can have some fun supporting the operation by forming a “Bucket Brigade.” Prior to the modern fire truck, bucket brigades would form a line from the water source to a burning building, being handled by any number of hands from the source to need. The goal is to promote, fill and deliver these “buckets of blessings” to any JBSA chapel. In doing so, we are connecting our hands to those who are in need.

For more information, call your local JBSA chapel.