Our Hearts and Hands Go Out
With the historic flooding occurring in Louisiana over the past weeks, we are eager to show our support and provide for the families affected.
In his letter, Bishop McKee invites UPUMC and other local churches to support the disaster relief efforts by accepting gifts toward the recovery and relief efforts. As such, we are currently collecting funds toward flood buckets which will provide supplies to Louisiana families and help the overwhelming job of cleaning up after the flood.
We must remember to help in effective ways that will benefit the families and communities involved. In times of disaster, sometimes our best intentions hinder recovery efforts; therefore, remember the following:
1. Please do NOT take up a collection of random items based solely on news or even personal reports from Louisiana. This would include clothing, shoes, diapers, food, and water. Unsolicited donations can lead to a second disaster when an organization’s infrastructure has been damaged as badly as Louisiana’s has been.
2. Please do NOT contact churches in Louisiana directly with an offer to assist or send teams. Please allow the local churches time to respond to their local community, and please allow the conference and denominational response system to function. This includes contacting churches with offers of financial assistance, physical donations, and work teams. There are some procedures that need to take place before those offers can be properly received.
What We Can Do:
With our Mission Action Council's blessing, we are collecting funds for flood buckets to assist in relief efforts.
Your prayers for the families, communities, and relief workers are needed, so take a moment to lift them up to God. For more information, contact Monica Frazier, firstname.lastname@example.org, 214-368-1435
Thank you for your prayers, your love, and your donations as we strive to be the hands and feet of God in our world.