Brandy and I are hopping on a plane to Michigan today for her Grandfather’s funeral, but I wanted to take a moment to offer up some ways that we can help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Before I say anything else, I want to be sure I make clear up front that the greatest contribution we can make is prayer. Please pray for the victims of this terrible disaster. That said, Brandy just made the following offer to members of our Sunday School class, and I wanted to extend it to any other in town readers:
“I was wondering if any of you would be interested in helping out those affected by the hurricane. My sister-in-law, Lynae, ( whom some of you met at Bible Study several weeks ago) and her family are stationed in Northern Louisiana and have hundreds if not thousands of refugees where she lives. The schools have opened their doors and they are asking for donations for mostly baby items, food, and diapers and such. They are also asking for hygiene items: shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, etc. If any of you would like to send anything to her I would be happy to mail it and she would be happy to get it to the churches in her area. We’d prefer money because it weighs less, but I do know some of you may have the items and no money to mail it. So please just let me know. I’d be happy to help anyway we can. I cannot imagine the devastation most of those people are feeling right now.”
For those of you out of town, or less comfortable with our small efforts here are several other ways for you to get involved. Check out Soldiers Angels. They are working on providing relief specifically to the families of soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also check out Feed the Children who are working to bring relief supplies to people there along the gulf coast. They’re desperate for gas money to get their supplies where they need to be. There may also be a few of you who want to get out there and do the work yourself, and that’s great. In that case I recommend checking in with my denomination. The PCUSA is working on getting work teams connected with areas of need. You can get in touch with them to find out where your efforts can be most valuable.