Bishop Bryan Lawson issued a call to action in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which remains timely given Irma's approach to the southeastern U.S. Read on for basic information; more detailed information can be found at http://www.sgaumc.org/disasterresponse.
“We in South Georgia know the lasting impacts of kind words, good deeds, of prayers made on our behalf. Even if we had not had three disaster events in our Annual Conference within the past year, the South Georgia Conference would want to reach out in every way to our brothers and sisters in the Houston area. But those recent disasters have made us even more determined to respond with support in very tangible ways.
We know how much it meant to us for individuals, churches, and annual conferences to come to our aid. Now we have the opportunity to stand side by side as United Methodists in ministry to all those in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
As conferences from across the country offer support and await an invitation to assist the Early Response Teams and disaster coordinators in Harvey cleanup and recovery efforts, I am encouraging our local churches to receive a special offering for disaster relief.
Thank you, South Georgia United Methodists, for the ways in which you continue to be Alive Together in Christ.”
Four things we can do now:
1. Keep safe as Hurricane Irma heads to the Southeast. Our church will keep our Facebook page, website, and email communications updated in ways we can help. Call our church if you need assistance.
2. Continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey, the First-responders, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in our sister Conferences who are working tirelessly to provide relief.
3. Give monetary donations to relief and recovery efforts. Give through our church to Conference Hurricane Relief, either in worship, at our kiosk or online.
4. Please, donate only items requested.
It is not helpful to give items that people do not immediately need as storage space fills quickly. Donate cleaning kits or hygiene kits as outlined on the UMCOR website under “Relief Supplies” or bring to the church supplies to help clear water & debris and prevent mold such as:
• Box fans (To dry out houses following flooding)
• 25’ heavy duty 14 gauge extension cords (To move the fans around inside a home)
• 2 gallon garden sprayers (fight mildew/mold)
• Flat billed shovels (To remove mud, wet carpet, pads, sheet rock insulation, etc.)
• Rakes with 3” tines (To remove tree limbs, leaves and muck from inside homes and yards)
• Wheelbarrows (with 2 front wheels, so they will not turn over going to the street)