Welcome to this special #HurricaneFlorence edition of Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families. This week, we want to highlight five organizations that have been doing great work showcasing #NCStrong hurricane recovery efforts. We also wanted to share a couple of photos that hint at how widespread and serious the devastation has been.
Would you consider supporting one of these organizations with your time and money?
1. Samaritan's Purse is #NCStrong
Samaritan's Purse North American Ministries has three response teams working in eastern North Carolina to help homeowners recover from terrible flooding caused by Florence's record-breaking downpours.
Their staff, along with disaster relief units and other equipment, left their North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, facilities on Saturday morning and headed for the coast. They have now established a relief base in New Bern, North Carolina, and volunteers are already hard at work to help homeowners clean up and begin the recovery process. Thousands of houses have been damaged in this hard-hit, small town.
They also established response locations in Wilmington and in Jacksonville, where volunteers started Sept. 18. They currently have a total of three disaster relief units deployed.
2. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is #NCStrong
When you’ve seen a disaster on the news in the last 50 years, what you may not have seen is the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers who were already on the scene—and they remained long after news cameras left town. As the third-largest disaster response team in the nation, this network of state-based volunteer teams does more than just clean up; they bring the healing of Christ to those whose lives have been shattered.
In 2017, their teams volunteered over 1 million+ hours, prepared over 3 million+ meals, provided for over 70,000+ showers, cleaned 32,000+ loads of laundry, conducted 4,200+ gospel presentations, and received over 800+ professions of faith. They are now situated all across our state providing these same services.
3. Salvation Army is #NCStrong
When disasters strike, The Salvation Army is there, providing emergency assistance to survivors and first responders. As Hurricane Florence has devastated parts of the east coast of the United States, The Salvation Army has served those in need and, with your support, can stay on the frontlines of any crisis. A financial contribution is the best way to help after a disaster and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in response to that disaster.
God's Pit Crew is a crisis response team that organizes blessing buckets to distribute to disaster victims. God's Pit Crew has already sent 13 tractor-trailer loads of water, relief supplies and 4550 blessing buckets to Coastal North Carolina. They are currently seeking 200 volunteers to assemble their blessing buckets Saturday morning. These 5 gallon buckets are filled with essentials for life. Things like toilet paper, snacks, bottled water, soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, and even toys for children. They also include a Bible in each bucket because they believe that is the most important item of all. A donation of $35 covers all the items and the distribution to families who lost everything in the floods.
5. Catholic Charities USA is #NCStrong
Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. CCUSA deploys disaster response experts to support local Catholic Charities agencies in their work providing direct assistance to affected communities and identifying long term recovery needs. Their disaster response team—along with the local knowledge and expertise of their agencies throughout the United States and its territories—is mobilized quickly and effectively in an emergency to aid those experiencing or recovering from disaster. The Catholic Charities ministry supports disaster response efforts with direct aid, home repair, home rebuilding, health care services and other programs that enable long-term disaster recovery.
WEEKLY PRAYER: #HURRICANEFLORENCE
Please protect and provide for the people of our our great state and our fellow neighbors who have been affected by Hurricane Florence. May you provide shelter and sustenance for all of those affected. Bless all these wonderful organizations, and the work they are doing. For those of us who are able, will you give us the strength and courage to provide assistance and resources to those in need?
Help us to not be fearful, for we serve a great God who has authority over all of creation.