Now almost two weeks since the remains of Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, Grace Brethren organizations are mobilized to help with the clean-up. This morning, an update came from Go2 Ministries, which is reproduced below. Also included below is a report from Dan O’Deens, of CPR-3 Ministries, which is helping on Staten Island.
Right now the need is not for food – the city and FEMA have a good system in place and that is serving the people well. What is needed are basic supplies, items like:
- new socks
- new underwear
- baby items – diapers
- batteries & flashlights
- blankets – anything to help provide warmth
- pet food
Michel is accepting donations of the above items at his New Horizon Church. You may make a cash donation to cover the purchase of these items or send the items to his attention at:
Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org you send a shipment so we can make sure they know to expect something.
There is also a need for reliable automobiles. If you have a vehicle that’s in good running condition that you might consider donating, please contact us about it.
In addition to these short-term needs, we’re asking you to help us plan for the long haul. Some homes have already been condemned, some will need major repair.
We’re asking groups to consider sending short-term work teams to help with home repairs. “Electricians will be welcomed as if they’re emergency room doctors to an accident,” said Faulkner, with many homeowners anticipating needing major electrical repair.
The school children have lost their schools since they’re being used as shelters for all the displaced people. Pray that the children, who are being bussed to other nearby schools, will be able to focus and continue to learn.
With winter coming and many people left without homes, without jobs and without transportation, the long-term need is great. Please consider how you might be part of the long-term solution to help our friends in the Rockaways get back to a true normal.
Dan O’Deens, executive director of CPR-3, which is helping on Staten Island, also reported in this morning (see below). Already representatives from Grace Brethren Churches in Akron and Pickerington, Ohio, and Owings, Md., are on site to help.
DEEPER not WIDER. As Andy Stanley has stated, “Do for ONE what you wish you could do for EVERYONE.” CPR-3 is blessed to watch God weave his tapestry together, aligning his church to come together for a greater cause. We arrrived and knew no one, today we stand together as ONE in kindred spirits with unified hearts, ready to care for peoples physical and spiritual needs.
We are thankful for the 8 churches and 150 volunteers who have showed up on site to work hard in extremely difficult situations. The gift of LOVE is by far the greatest gift! CPR-3′s Disaster eMERGency Services is SO proud of how the Church has risen and how it cares for people both sides of the ‘RED’ cross. …Physical and Spiritual.
Easier, Better and Certainly MORE PRACTICAL. As we are a week removed from the Disaster of Hurricane Sandy, the people and churches have been overwhelmed and are extremely grateful for the donation of clothes and other supplies. Although there may still be a future need, the best way at this point that you can bless this effort, is by collecting Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Lowes Gift Cards. This way people can get exactly what they need. If you desire to make cash donations, those monies will go to the Oasis Church to use at their discretion for their people and for their communities. CPR-3 is committed to good stewardship and best practice principles. www.cpr-3.com
So encouraged. Late last night I had the joy of attending a meeting with most of the pastors from Staten Island along with some of the agencies trying to come along side of this catastrophe. The Island has been sectioned and assigned to Pastors and the agencies are using the CHURCH to permeate the Islands needs. AMAZING. God’s Church rises and leads!