Hurricane Harvey: How to Help

You’ve seen the pictures: the elderly waiting in chest-deep water for help to arrive; flooded streets and ruined buildings. You’ve heard the numbers, over 50 counties flooded and 30,000 people in shelters all across the state, and you’re wondering, “What can I do to help?”

 

For those looking to invest of their time, First United Methodist Church on Elms Rd. is housing people who have been displaced by the storms, and they are looking for volunteers to help out by filling three and a half hour shifts at the church. You can sign up to volunteer your time by going to 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a8a92aa5fb6-hurricane

, or by clicking the link on FUMC Killeen’s Facebook page.

 

For those looking to help by donating money to the relief and clean-up effort, this can be done through Week of Compassion, the assistance and relief arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Donations can be made through the GIVE link on our church’s website (

ccctexas.org

). Just click the “Week of Compassion” link and select the designation “Hurricane Harvey” to make sure that your donations are going to the relief effort. Monetary donations are being accepted for disaster relief at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Rancier (they are also accepting donations of blankets, and nonperishable food items).

 

For those looking to send supplies, Church World Service is assembling clean-up buckets. Instructions on what items to procure and how to send them to families in need can be found at: 

http://cwskits.org/assemble-kits/emergency-cleanup-buckets/

 . The Killeen Community Center on E. Veteran’s Memorial is collecting hygiene and feminine care products as well.

In the coming days and weeks, as we get a handle on the extent of the damage caused, we will continue to seek out opportunities to help our brothers and sisters in need, in the name of Christ..

 


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