As we watch the ongoing weather devastation in Texas and Florida, our United Methodist Committee on Relief is already actively providing relief assessing needs. Florida Bishop Ken Carter has issued a challenge to collect 4,000 Flood Buckets to provide relief in Texas, and more will be needed in Florida.
Here are five ways you can offer direct assistance to people in need:
- VOLUNTEER TO SERVE. Sign a waiver, tell us your skills and get on the list with this form.
- DONATIONS FOR FLORIDA. Non-perishable food items, water, batteries, and other hurricane supplies for immediate delivery. If there are items you stockpiled that you no longer need, or want to purchase items, bring them to the Courtyard outside the Sanctuary Sunday.
- FLOOD BUCKETS (CLEANING KITS). The Florida Conference is once again challenging all churches to participate in a statewide flood bucket effort, with a goal of assembling 4,000 buckets. View the whole contents list here in a downloadable PDF. Bring your completed buckets to the Ministry Offices.
- HYGIENE KITS. Basic health and hygiene products fit in a one-gallon plastic bag. Contents and instructions for assembly are here in a downloadable PDF. Bring your completed buckets to the Ministry Offices.
- MONEY. Consider making a financial contribution to flood relief, all of which goes directly to people in need. Make your check payable to Hyde Park United Methodist, and designate it for “Hurricane.” Alternatively, you may donate directly to UMCOR online here.
Our state and national governments are providing assistance. Senator Bill Nelson outlines many ways you can receive help here.