Our church is coordinating with other churches through the Arlington Christian Disaster Network (ACDN) to assist The City of Arlington in relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Currently the city has specific responsibilities with FEMA to provide assistance to evacuees…that might include shelter volunteers, working in Volunteer Reception Centers, and several other needs. Everything is very fluid as needs are assessed and determinations are made by the Office of Emergency Management in Arlington. Some volunteer jobs require CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training through FEMA and some do not. As the call goes out from the City to ACDN for volunteers, if you are willing to volunteer, please contact Brian Sepulveda at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the list. These potential volunteer jobs would be local only….Arlington. Our church plans to respond at the appropriate times with volunteer teams to head south to help in the clean-up and recovery process.
Here are things they need that you can supply:
–Food: nonperishable, ready-to-eat, and bottled water
–Hygiene kits/needs: toothbrushes, still in their packaging, toothpaste, soap, washclothes, etc.
hand towel (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
wide-tooth comb removed from the package
finger nail or toe nail clipper removed from the package
bath size bar of soap in the wrapper
Ten standard size Band-aids
–Clean up kits
five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
Four scouring pads
Seven sponges, including one large
One scrub brush
Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)
One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
One package of 48-50 clothespins
Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
Five dust masks
Two pairs non surgical latex gloves
One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent
You can give financially. All funds we collect at First Baptist Arlington will be given to the Texas Baptist Men, the disaster relief team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. They are already on location serving meals and more are headed to the area. You can support their efforts through your financial gifts. You can give at church on Sunday (be sure to designate Harvey Relief Fund on your check or envelope). Even easier – you can give online or on your mobile device.
From your phone, text FBCACARES to 77977.
On your desktop, go to the giving page and enter your information.
Last, but certainly not least, the Pastor asked us to pray. We need to be lifting up the city of Houston and the surrounding areas. Pray for the victims of the flooding. Pray for the rescue teams who are there helping people get to safety. Pray for the government officials as they orchestrate relief efforts. Pray for safety. Pray for the rain to let up and for the water to flow away as quickly as possible. Pray that through relief efforts the love of God can be shared. Pray for yourself that you’ll be sensitive to the troubles of others and give accordingly. Pray that God will bring a sense of comfort and His presence to the millions of people affected by this hurricane and flood.