We’ve received details about how individuals or churches can help provide relief support following the storm that hit the east coast last week.
From Dan O’Deens, executive director of CPR-3, comes this request:
Thank you for your continued prayers and financial contributions. The people of NYC an NJ need them desperately.
This disaster in many ways is more devastating than even Katrina. Now we add yet another complication: COLD Weather. Wet, no electricity and COLD!
Blankets, and Winter Hats, Gloves and Coats are needed too!
CPR-3 and Fellowship Missions have secured at least 2 Semi Tractor trailers that are on the road. This is “NOT” Convoy of Hope, although we will stage and partner together with them, since they are more capable to handle the distribution logistics and staging of SEMI trailors.
Convoy of Hope was very grateful for this contribution. Thanks to Midwest Food Bank in Indianapolis, INDIANA.
As for Teams: We ARE on the Ground. We are able to get you lodging. It WILL be safe BUT primitive. You should come to be self-sufficient so as not to be a burden on the people who have huge needs. Bring warm clothes, and bring enough food to take care of yourselves. (it is probable that we will feed you, but you should have a plan B).
CPR-3 is working primarily in the NJ Bayonne and Lakewood Township area and on Staten Island. Working with Oasis Christan Center (Pastor Tim McIntyre) and a growing network of Churches and also Calvary Lighthouse (Pastor Wes Linquist).
Food and supply distribution is probable and damage clean up is absolute. SO much work to be done here.
Teams are welcome NOW. We will do a mass care project on November 8, 9, 10, 11th.
For more information, see http://cpr-3.com/2012/11/urgent-hurricane-sandy-update-nov-3/.
From Daron Butler, pastor of Cross Cultural Missions at the Wooster, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church, comes this information:
Who we are partnering with to help in disaster relief in NY:
Michael Faulkner is the point man for relief efforts that Go2 is coordinating. Michael is focusing his efforts in the Rockaway, Queens, NY area. Their church has contacts with a couple dozen homeless people. Moreover, over 30 homes were destroyed by fire and many homes are still under water. Families lost everything.
How people can help in disaster relief in NY:
Updates will be posted on the FGBC website. NYC has a ban on people coming into the city. Limited access remains. Until the mayor lifts the ban, no one can enter to help.
Yet the displaced have gone to shelters where they have a roof over their heads and heat to keep warm and a cot to sleep on. However, food and water is needed. New Horizons Ministries will take funds to buy food for those they know who are in need.
Donations can be made two ways: online or mail a check.
· Online: visit Go2 website. Click tab for Disaster Relief. Contribute online.
· Check: Make check payable to Go2 Ministries, write in memo: Hurricane Disaster Relief, send to Go2 Ministries/Hurricane Relief/320 N. 3rd Street/Telford PA 18969
Churches can mobilize teams for debris clean-up to aid in the relief. Once logistics are clarified with FEMA, NYC, & other non-profits, Michael will let churches know via FGBC website.