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Scenes like this were repeated across North Texas, Oklahoma and Southern Arkansas as Winter Storm Cleon moved across the country this weekend. Volunteers from are working to complete cleanup for hundreds of residents, most in Texas and Oklahoma, before Christmas. Read more in the latest DR Update.
Photo below, Oklahoma Chainsaw team surveys a worksite. Teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee have deployed volunteers to assist in Oklahoma..
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Dwain Carter, Disaster Relief director for Missouri Baptists leaves Friday, December 13 for a second trip to the Philippines. Missouri Baptists will be working in the Gibitngil area where they will be working to repair a school damaged by the Typhoon. Read more in the latest DR Update
Photo left: Dwain Carter distributes water and other supplies to residents of Gibitngil. Island during his first visit to the Philippines in November.
Donate Now to support the Southern Baptist response in the Philippines.
Desperation drives Filipinos to take shelter in cemeteries
Philippine typhoon: 'a call to action' for global compassion
Learn more on the Baptist Global Response website.
The rebuilding has begun and hundreds of residents who were ministered to in Staten Island are in need of help rebuilding their damaged homes. So, the tent city is going back up and students are returning to renew friendships, rebuild homes and share the love of Christ with the people of Staten Island. Find out more on the Sandy Rebuild website.
"My life has literally been on hold for 11 months. It took me months to finally pick up the phone and say, 'Help,'" said Michael Raab, N.Y., homeowner. Read his story.
Skilled drywall finishers are urgently needed in New York. Visit the Sandy Recovery website at namb.net/Sandy for more information.
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 Parish– Northwest Baptist Convention
Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement John Lucas– Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists Sarah Jo Trimble– Florida Baptist Convention
Distinguished Service (in 2012) Marvin Corbin– Florida Baptist Convention Harold Patterson– Texas Baptist Men Steve Reavis– Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Steve Stancil– Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Evangeline Yacuk– Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention
Learn more about the Disaster Relief awards, and see photos of all 2013 award recipients.
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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