Rev. Christopher O'Riley, Assoc. Pastor of Serving Ministries, has given us ways to support our community in the tornado relief efforts. Check out the ways you can help below. All donations can be dropped off at the Mission U booth by the Connection Center. Contact Pastor Chris with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given the recent events that have happened in the Dallas area the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church has issued action steps on how churches can help with disaster relief. Andy Lewis who is the Director of Missional Outreach and Assistant to Bishop has sent out 5 steps on how parishioners as well as churches can get involved with volunteering, adopting a family and giving to the effects of what the Tornado has done to the Dallas area.
There is a dire need that must be met for the hundreds of families that have been affected by this storm.
Below you will find the 5 steps that have been laid out by the conference on how people and churches can help. This help is not restricted to only ERT teams but to all people who are willing to lend a hand to push the needle of "clean-up" forward.
Tornado Response Action Steps:
- Dallas Tornadoes Clean Up is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26. Teams capable of removing downed limbs, trash, large furniture and hauling items to the curb will meet at Christ’s Foundry UM Mission to get assignments. Representatives from Christ’s Foundry and the NTC will provide locations and instruction. Please come equipped with your own supplies (tools, trash bags, water, etc.). Translators will be on hand to help with communication needs. Register
- Debris clean up, chainsaw services and tarping roofs of homes are needed now. Our ERTs and chainsaw teams are needed to help. If your team is ready to go, please visit here to register your team and receive further direction to where the needs are in the city.
- If you are a family or know of families in your church in need of clean-up or any other services, please register here. Someone will be in contact to assess your needs and help you navigate this time of crisis.
- Donate funds to the NT Disaster Relief to meet the needs in the affected communities. Please type in "Dallas Tornado" in the memo box so funds are directed to the correct group. The donated fund will go toward buying gift cards for families to replace basic necessities. Funds can fill in the gaps between insurance and out-of-pocket expenses. You can also donate funds at the church. Mark your donation. There will be a special offering on Sunday, Oct 26. Or give online at link below and choose DISASTER RELIEF.
- Donation Collection. Drop off your donations at the Mission U booth by the Connection Center.
Non-perishable foods (rice, beans, vegetable oil, pasta, tuna, lentils, etc)
Underwear: adult (men and women) and children (girls and boys)
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush)
- Adopt a family. Many families are experiencing varying degrees of need. For example, some families have lost everything, and others need to replace a few items. If you or your church is interested in adopting a family, email Rev. Andy Lewis.
Give to DISD. Several of DISD schools sustained a partial or total loss. Children have been funneled to other schools. The school district needs to replace supplies and equipment. More Information
DISD is also accepting small boxes of new school supplies, which can be dropped off at the three following locations Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy, 1700 E. Camp Wisdom Road
- Turney W. Leonard Training Center, 5151 Samuel Blvd
- One Center at Linus Wright Administration Building, 9400 N. Central Expressway, first floor
Thomas Jefferson High School is requesting donations of specific equipment needs. Wishlist