A certain way to help Sandy survivors

I love UMCOR. It is without a doubt one of my favorite things about the United Methodist Church. While the election naturally grabbed most of our attention this week, recovery from the damage done by Hurricane Sandy continues. As always, UMCOR is there.

Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend relief and recovery to people in need in the United States, Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. Our work with affected communities helps them build capacity to meet the needs generated by an emergency.

That is from the Disaster Relief project at 10 Fold. (Yep, two years after 10/10/10, 10 Fold is still going strong. Check it out, just a few clicks sends donations to worthy projects. You can donate your own money there as well.) That was written well before Sandy. So was this:

When a disaster strikes a community in the US, local churches provide the first response. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—is the foundation for all of UMCOR’s US disaster training programs and emergency response. We are, first and foremost, a resource for the local response. UMCOR provides training, expertise, and networking to help communities recover.

The stories of wreckage are hard to read. But worth reading anyway.

He looked up and down his streets, where his neighbors’ piles of ruined belongings were growing next to his own. “It’s unfathomable, the damage,” he said. “You can’t get your mind around the enormity of it.”

The best part of UMCOR is that 100% of donations go to relief. Administrative costs are covered by other means. I doubt there is another relief agency that can say the same.

Donate through UMCOR.

Learn how to create a Relief-Supply bucket.

Pray without ceasing.

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