You are all aware of the devastation that followed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Our church and our community were quick to respond with an outpouring of love and generosity.
On Sunday, September 3, we hosted a Kids Against Hunger meal packaging for folks impacted by the storm. 205 volunteers served for over 300 hours. With that many hands, we were able to package 21,384 meals. Those meals left on a truck on Tuesday, September 5, to serve folks in the Corpus Christi area.
That same day, we dedicated our communion offering to hurricane relief. To date, we have received over $11,000.
We collected diapers, wipes, and formula for the affected area and added them to the monumental collection through Trusted World. We sent 5,324 diapers, 3,588 wipes, and 222 ounces of formula. We also collected flip-flops and blankets for evacuees being housed in local shelters. We collected 150 pairs of flip-flops and 30 blankets.
In October, we will be collecting items to create flood buckets to continue our hurricane relief efforts. Expect to see information in our enews and website. If you have any questions, you can always ask a member of the Mission Committee or Pastor Jessica. Thank you all so much for your continuing generosity.
The North Texas Conference, the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR), the Texas Conference, the Rio Texas Conference, and FUMC Allen are grateful for your relentless prayers and support. With two more hurricanes in the forecast (Irma and Jose), we’ll be watching closely as needs become evident.