The UMCOR Hotline
April 04, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
Violent storms and tornados rolled across five Midwestern states Sunday, killing 28 people and injuring dozens of others. The Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR’s US disaster coordinator, is in contact with all of the affected annual conferences. “We are responding to each area as their needs become known,” says Rev. Hazelwood. Western Tennessee was hit the hardest. UMCOR is supplying the Memphis and Arkansas Annual Conferences with emergency grants to assist them in their initial recovery efforts and anticipates doing the same for additional conferences.
Assessments throughout the storm-damaged areas will continue into this week as communities become accessible to conference personnel and early response teams. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response, will help in recovery. You can designate your gift to a particular storm area by marking it on the memo line of your check.
Three earthquakes shook western Iran March 30 and 31, killing 70 people with 1,200 more injured and more than 200 villages damaged. The first quake on Thursday night may have been a lifesaver for thousands as many people chose to sleep outside their homes fearing further tremors. Many were already safely outside when the strongest of the three quakes struck early Friday morning, injuring and killing those who slept inside their homes.
UMCOR is working with a partner organization, International Blue Crescent. UMCOR has partnered with IBC in past responses to earthquakes in Iran as well as in other disasters. IBC’s immediate response includes distributing food staples and blankets to 1,000 families.
Give to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response, Iran Earthquake, to support this effort.
UMCOR’s relief supply warehouse, UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, La., continues to send supplies to hurricane survivors as well as to people UMCOR serves all around the world. The five most-needed items include the following:
1. Cleaning Supplies
For more information about these supply needs, visit the Sager Brown “Top Needs” page. You can also give towards the purchase of these supplies through UMCOR Advance #901440, Material Resource Ministry.
World Health Day is Friday, April 7. Each year this day is used to focus on health concerns around the globe. The theme for this year “Working Together for Health” concentrates on the efforts of health workers to bring healing to their communities. Use the latest UMCOR bulletin insert to bring awareness to this important day on or near April 7. You can view and print the insert here.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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Walter Asher, pastor of the Christ United Methodist Church, Dyersburg, Tenn., sits on the steps of what the tornado left of the church.
An Iranian family sits inside a tent in front of their quake-devastated home in Baba Pashman village.
Relief supplies shipped from UMCOR Sager Brown are unloaded in Afghanistan to help returning refugees keep warm this winter.
World Health Day is April 7, 2006.
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