Hurricane Florence Relief – How we can help!
Last week our city was spared damage from Hurricane Florence, but thousands of residents in North Carolina and along the US East Coast remain without power and unable to access their homes due to flooding. As we wait for the waters to recede, here are three ways St. Michael’s is responding to the recent storm:
1. Collecting most-needed items for disaster relief
Do you have extra hurricane preparedness supplies you would be willing to donate? We are collecting these supplies to send up with volunteer teams for storm-impacted communities:
Work gloves, utility and rubber gloves
Flashlights, with batteries
Toiletries-shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
High protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
Single serving meals that require no refrigeration or cooking/meals ready-to-eat
Single serving snacks, like raisins, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, dried fruit, etc.
Paper goods & products – paper towels, plates, cups, napkins, plastic utensils
Blankets, towels, pillows (new, unused)
First Aid items
Cleaning supplies, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer
Bottled water (bottles or jugs)
Collection boxes will be available in the front office and lobby of the Belser Building
2. Sending volunteers
Needs and damage assessments are currently underway, and there will be opportunities for volunteer teams to help in the upstate and North Carolina in partnership with the Diocese of the Carolinas. Two members of St. Andrews (Mt. Pleasant) and St. John’s Parish (John’s Island) are currently serving as points of contact for Diocesan-wide volunteering efforts, and more information about specific volunteering opportunities will be available next week.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about relief efforts in SC and NC, please contact Betsy Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep the Diocese of the Carolinas in your prayers, and particularly those affected by flooding and storm damage throughout northern South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. It is estimated that some communities may face months of post-storm recovery efforts.
At this time we are not collecting financial contributions for hurricane relief efforts, but encourage any parishioners who feel led to give to do so through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) or Samaritan’s Purse