You’ve undoubtedly seen the pictures of great human need coming from the Texas Gulf Coast since Hurricane Harvey hit.   As the flood waters rise, the sense of urgency, even desperation, mounts.  I’ve spent the last couple of days scanning new coverage, watching in horror as nursing home residents sat chest high in water waiting for rescue, and then watching with gratitude as ordinary citizens mobilized to go into harm’s way to rescue those stranded, using whatever means they had including trucks and boats and rafts to save lives. 

The reality is, the depth of human need in southeast Texas is greater than any single thing we can do. And yet the challenge is, when confronted with such need, we must do something.  Last night, a news reporter interviewed a supervisor in charge of organizing Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center into a so-called “mega-shelter.”  He was asked: “What do you need?”  And he answered simply: “We need volunteers and money.” Perhaps you have the means and the call to go and volunteer.  If not, perhaps you will consider giving to help those who are and who will be serving on the front-line.
Below are some ways that you can help: 

1.  GIVE TO WEEK OF COMPASSION.   WOC is our denomination’s agency which responds to human need in every corner of the world.  By giving to WOC, you are helping them help those in need in southeast Texas.   You may give online by going to:

Our church will take a special Week of Compassion Offering for those affected by Hurricane Harvey this Sunday, September 3rd.  Envelopes marked “Hurricane Harvey/WOC” will be placed in each pew.  During our Pastoral Prayer time Sunday, the offering will be collected.  The offering will be sent to WOC to assist in the relief effort.

3.  GIVE RELIEF SUPPLIES. Three items, specifically are needed.  They include: 
(A) Emergency Cleanup Bucket Kits, (B) Hygiene Kits, and (C) Non-perishable Food Kits. Items to put in each kit item are listed in detail below.

A. Emergency Cleanup Buckets
-One five-gallon bucket with re-sealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
- Four scouring pads
-Seven sponges, including one large
-One scrub brush
-Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)
-One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
-One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
-One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
-One package of 48-50 clothespins
-Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
-Five dust masks
-Two pairs non-surgical latex gloves
-One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
-24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
-One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent
All cleaning items must be new - all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape.

B.  Hygiene Kits
-One hand towel measuring approximately 15”x 28” to 16”x 32” (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
-One washcloth
-One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
-One finger nail or toe nail clipper removed from the package
-One bath size bar of soap in the wrapper
-One toothbrush in the package
-Ten standard size Band-aids
-One tube of toothpaste
All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing. Do not add any extra items.
Take your kits to First Christian Church, at 7301 Miller Road in Rowlett. FCC Rowlett will collect cleanup bucket kits as well as separate items to go into the extra buckets they already have on hand to make up additional cleanup bucket kits. Call the church to coordinate delivery of your items: 972-475-3559.
Other locations to take your kits include First Christian Church, at 901 S Collins Street in Arlington; call the church to coordinate delivery of your items: 817-277-2634.  Central Christian Church, at 4711 Westside Drive in Dallas will collect cleanup bucket kits and items to put into the bucket kits; call the church to coordinate delivery of your items: 214-526-7291.
NO clothing and NO food that needs preparation will be accepted. (People without secure homes or working utilities
have no need of these at this time.)

C. Non-perishable, ready-to-consume food and bottled water

Hurricane Relief
Date Title Author
Aug 30, 2017 Relief Donations Needed Sept 3