In lieu of a Friday round-up, I want to share with you an e-mail I received from Ring member Jody, whose blog is Quotidian Grace, this morning. Knowing that she lives in Houston, I had asked how my church might help her church as that community ministers to Hurricane Katrina evacuees. If you're like me, you're wondering how to help in a way that feels direct and meaningful. If a small church can raise $400 (about what Small Church did for the tsunami), how can that be spent in a way that we know will help someone? This is not to take away from the good work being done by the American Red Cross and other relief organizations, or any of the efforts of our denominations. I am feeling an imperative to do something personal, to remember that the individuals and families affected are just that, not some general collective of anonymous victims.
The information in Jody's e-mail will also be on her blog later, where she has been blogging for several days about the Houston community's response to the Hurricane.
Blessings to all involved in this effort,
As evacuees continue to pour into
They are asking for in-kind donations, but not clothing. Shipping these items that are readily available here is expensive and not necessary. If you and your church are interested in helping a specific congregation like ours and
Since most of our grocery store chains here are regional I would suggest getting gift cards from the national chains like Target and Wal-mart which are easily accessible here and you can get food at all of them. As for gasoline cards, Shell, Exxon and Texaco are the most common national retailers here.
Our church is collecting the items and gift cards and will get them to
Jody Harrington, Director of Christian Education
Southminster Presbyterian Church
It is truly a blessing to know of your concern and desire to help. I'm
going to volunteer to help bring and serve food and
will be personally involved in this effort.