Please spread the word that the BEST way to help right now is to PRAY, make or donate funds for hygiene/health kits and cleaning (flood) buckets and give to UMCOR - those on the ground are busy helping victims respond to other basic needs: housing (so far over 30,000 need temp housing), water, food, sanitation, etc. and monetary donations also help support a severely impacted local economy
- read about the best and worst ways to respond. Most unrequested material donations, like clothing, end up in a landfill after a disaster because there was nowhere to store them and no one to distribute them. Instead, donate to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)'s US Disaster Response where 100% of your donation goes to help survivors recover, because members of the UMC churches donate to provide admin. funds in a once-a-year offering. Put Disaster Response Advance #901670 in the check’s memo and send to UMCOR, US Disaster Response, 458 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, if you don't want to donate online.