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Because of requests from several partner agencies and local community leaders, the North American Mission Board and North Carolina Baptist Men have agreed to continue the Sandy Rebuild work in New York. Work will also continue in New Jersey. There will again be a collegiate focus around the Christmas and spring break time periods. This year the Christmas and spring break projects will be on Long Island with housing in a dormitory on the New York Institute of Technology campus. Find out more about the project and how you can be part of continuing efforts to bring help, healing and hope to the people of New York and New Jersey here.
October 16, 2014 is the date for the next Great ShakeOut Event. Help your church and family learn to survive an earthquake.
Southern Baptist volunteers built a temporary bridge to cross a river and clean up debris in Glen Haven, Colo. The bridge worked so well the town is keeping it for future flood recovery efforts. Read more.
SBDR volunteers, a Colorado Baptist congregation and a Texas layman were used by God to draw a Colorado flood survivor to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Read more of their story in this SBDR Update.
Camille. Hugo. Andrew. 9-11. Katrina. Haiti. Tuscaloosa. Joplin. Sandy. Oklahoma City.
Those words bring to mind disasters of the first order. They trigger emotions and memories difficult and poignant. Southern Baptists have a common response to them all: Help. Read the rest of the story.
The desire to do something when disaster strikes is great as the compassion God has put within us moves us to reach out to people in need and touch them with the love of Jesus. Your donations to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief through the North American Mission Board or the Baptist State Convention where a disaster has occurred is the best way to help Southern Baptists bring Help, Healing and Hope to people and communities. Any financial contribution, no matter how small, is worth more than a box of unsolicited items. Cash really is best!
"Unsolicited donated goods, such as used clothing, require the added cost of storage and valuable disaster response staff and volunteer time, which could be better used helping meet people's real needs,” explains Daniel Stoecker, executive director of National VOAD.
If you feel God is leading you to collect and donate materials, please do so responsibly by finding organizations that are prepared to receive and distribute the items. You should be prepared to provide transportation for anything you collect.
Other resources for identifying places to donate during disasters
Donate Responsibly - FEMA
How to donate - National VOAD
Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Service Jack Shelby - IL Baptist State Association
Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement Kay Cassibry - Mississippi Baptist Convention Board Paul and Tommie Palmer - Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention
Distinguished Service (in 2013) James Irvine - Louisiana Baptist Convention Gene Jones - Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Dave Karr – Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Bill Prindle - Montana Southern Baptist Convention Larry Rundle - State Convention of Baptists in Ohio Den Smith - Indiana Baptist State Convention
Learn more about the disaster relief awards.
Donations to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief responds to disasters across the U.S. and around the world. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100 percent of all gifts are used to meet the needs of hurting people in the wake of disasters. Donations can be made online, by phone 866-407-6262, or by mail. Checks should be made payable to North American Mission Board and sent to Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543.
Donations to support the disaster relief efforts of state Baptist convention disaster relief organizations can be made to the individual conventions. You can find contact information for the conventions here.
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