In the U.S., United Methodist Early Response Teams from many states, including Indiana, have been deployed to the Northeast Coast.
Volunteers need to wait until Volunteer In Mission sites are established. VIMs cannot go in to an area at the present time because Early Response Teams are on the ground restoring service and clearing debris.
There are many ways you can help:
- Give to UMCOR Hurricane 2012 Advance #3021787, which will cover needs in the affected U.S. and Caribbean regions. Give online at www.umcor.org. Remember 100 percent of all gifts given to Hurricane 2012 will go for hurricane relief.
- You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation.
- Follow UMCOR on Facebook or call 800-554-8583 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET.
- Contributions from local churches can be sent to the Indiana Conference UMC with Hurricane 2012 in the memo line. Church treasurers need to send contributions directly to INUMC, Dept. 6089, Carol Stream, IL 60122-6089.
- Assemble cleaning buckets and school kits and send them to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Illinois. For more information, visit www.midwestmissiondc.org also on Facebook.com at www.facebook.com/midwestmission. For those living in Central Indiana, hold kits at your churches. The Marion County Fairgrounds at 7300 East Troy, Indianapolis, 46239, will be determining dates and times that kits can be taken to the fairgrounds.
- Pray for the survivors of this storm and for those who are helping them. Here is a prayer offered by Shirley Saddler, Indiana Conference Prayer Coordinator. “Dear Father, we pray for all of the people on the East Coast and beyond who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The work that is going on to help people in the aftermath of a disastrous storm like this is almost too much to for us to imagine. Guide those who respond during these next days and weeks. Bless the policemen and firemen, electric workers and emergency crews, United Methodist Committee on Relief workers, the American Red Cross, FEMA workers and with all who reach out to neighbors with your love and compassion. Comfort those who have lost loved ones and provide hope for those who are still trying to assess property damage. Lord, when people stop long enough to rest, help them not to be anxious or afraid, but fill their minds and hearts with your peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
- Other worship resources can be found online here.