Hurricane Harvey Relief Update

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Donations can be brought to the Outdoor Service and dropped off at DEC. Donations will be accepted on Monday, September 11th as well at DEC. They are especially low on underwear and socks for children.

New towels/washcloths

New underwear

New socks

New t-shirts

Toiletries - bar soap, shampoo, toothbrush and paste, deodorant

Feminine products

First aid items - band aids, peroxide, Neosporin

Non-perishable food

Water

Hand sanitizer

Diapers/baby wipes

Baby food

Baby formula

Pet food - cat food, dog food

Bleach

Gloves - latex, non-latex, work

Masks

Rubber boots

Brooms and mops

Tarps

Sheetrock knives

Empty spray bottles

Garbage bags

Gas blowers

Wet vacuums

Box fans

Generators

Hammers

Extension Cords

 

On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall directly over Rockport Texas. At that time it was a category 4 hurricane. Moreover, it has continued to rain for the last five days. The devastation is overwhelming. Relief and support will surely be needed over the coming months.

At this point in the disaster all work is considered rescue. The second phase will be recovery.  Third phase is assessment. The fourth phase will be rebuilding. Many of these stages will overlap to some degree, however each stage brings a level of stabilization. We want to stress this will be a long duration relief effort. To that end, DEC want to share with you where we are in the relief planning as a partner in sharing this burden.

First, we have been in touch with a number of people we know, and live, in the affected areas.  They will be helping us to partner with communities of faith in Texas. This is vital. These folks know the history, needs, and layout of resources for recovery and rebuilding. 

Second, we are reaching out to our sister churches on the Seacoast of NH. In order to build an adequate sustained effort, we need to work together. Skills and resources differ from church to church so, again, this is vital to a successful recovery and rebuild.

Third, we are reaching to bigger organizations in hopes of sharing our resources as well as their resources being shared with us. Complementing, not competing, is essential in restoring what has been lost. Humility is key. In the end, how we do what we do, will be just as important as what we do.

On Sunday Sept. 3, we will be having an informational meeting about relief efforts. The meeting will be from 6-7:30 pm. If you think you might be interested in helping, this meeting is for you.  Even if you don’t go to Texas, your service to the people of Texas can be done here. We will continue to keep you informed of developments and opportunities as they arise.

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”  2 Cor. 9:12