North Georgia Conference expands effortsto provide aid in aftermath of hurricane
By GLENN HANNIGAN
The water has receded, power has been restored but the cleanup is far from over. Members of the North Georgia Conference are being encouraged to support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
More than 110 people perished in the storm, which wiped out much of the coastline of New Jersey and parts of New York City. Some government officials believe before it is over, the costs associated with the cleanup and rebuilding after Sandy will easily surpass the total expense from Hurricane Katrina.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has already distributed more than 20,000 cleaning buckets in five states, from Maryland to New York.
Churches in the North Georgia Conference are being encouraged to assemble cleaning buckets and school kits. Instructions on putting together UMCOR kits can be found at www.umcor.org.
You can also give $55 (the cost of a cleaning bucket) and the supplies will be bought and assembled by UMCOR. The North Georgia Flood Bucket Fund number is 7520.
At this point in the storm crisis, all efforts to help victims remain in the emergency and rescue stage. UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) will communicate via email, Facebook posts, and Twitter any news received by the conference.
Churches are encouraged to take a special offering and make checks payable to your local church with "Hurricanes 2012" in the memo line. The fund number is UMCOR Hurricanes 2012 Advance #3021787. You can also use a cellphone to make an immediate $10 donation by texting the word RESPONSE to 80888.
You can keep up with the latest developments on the UMC Connections Blog: www.umcconnections.org. The United Methodist News Service is providing updates throughout the day and you can also subscribe to Emergency Alerts from North Georgia Conference at www.ngumc.org/site/stayconnected
There are several collection sites in our conference where you can take assembled kits. Please call the churches of agencies directly before making any deliveries:
Action Ministries Augusta (303 Hale Street, Augusta, GA 30901; call 706-722-8195)
Action Ministries Gainesville (1 First Street, Gainesville, Ga. 30504; 770-531-1441 x3 - must call first)
Alpharetta First UMC (Contact Wayne Utz at 404-502-8550. Drop off is in Building Mod B at the rear of church)
Central UMC, Atlanta
Dalton First UMC
Gainesville First UMC
Greensboro UMC, Augusta District
McEver Road UMC, Gainesville District
Northside UMC, Atlanta
Rock Spring UMC, Northwest District
Sam Jones UMC, Cartersville
Trinity on the Hill, Augusta