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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are bring help, healing and hope to residents in California, South Carolina and Texas this week as they assist in cleaning up homes damaged by fire and flood.
SBDR volunteers save affordable housing complex in S.C.
Florida DR volunteers bring hope to S.C. residents.
Texas DR volunteers clean up fire and flood damage.
Mobilize My Churchfor Disaster Relief
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers assisted more the 600 homeowners with cleanup after their homes were flooded last August. Now Southern Baptists are returning to southeastern Michigan to help them repair their flood damaged homes. Church missions teams, collegiate teams, individual construction and base camp or office support are needed. The housing is ready with bunk bed dormitories, and there is limited room for RVs for long-term volunteers. Find out how you can help.
Winter has already returned to parts of the Rockies. This is a good time for all of us to stop and think about winterizing our homes, cars and families. Get information on how to prepare for the coming winter on the Ready.Gov website.
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 Jim Richardson - Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement Larry Thomas - Kansas/Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists Bob and Judi Cook - California Southern Baptist Convention
Distinguished Service (in 2014) Kenton Hunt - Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania-South Jersey Dean Kiser - Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Bill Johnson – Kentucky Baptist Convention Norman S. Oka - Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention Bill Surls - Georgia Baptist Convention Bill Winter - Colorado Baptist General 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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