May 24, 2011
Joplin, Missouri suffered the most as at least 116 people have been killed; more than 400 people severely injured; and many are still missing – fully 30% of the city buildings and homes are destroyed or damaged. St. John’s Regional Medical Center was hit forcing medical personnel to evacuate patients; and those injured by the tornado to other area hospitals.
An outbreak of tornadoes this past weekend left thousands of
people without homes. Stephen Redman, Disaster Response Coordinator for the United Church of Christ Missouri Mid-South Conference, has provided information about the Joplin, Missouri tornados. To read more...
The United Church of Christ does not have a church in
Joplin, MO but expects to participate in an ecumenical response at the
appropriate time. Local officials are
very clear in their request that people who wish to volunteer do not travel to
Joplin – first responders are hard at work trying to locate persons who are
still missing, and tending to those who need assistance. While we wait to be helpful in the recovery
process that will come, perhaps this would be a good time to look to assist
people in our own communities; i.e. create a community garden to provide fresh
food for the local food bank, call the local shelter for homeless people or
battered women and ask if there are some ways you might help.
Here are some ways you can help:
1. Pray for those impacted by natural disasters and emergency response
2. Make gifts payable to your congregation marked for US Spring Storms
Appeal, with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to
United Church of Christ, Financial Services; 700 Prospect Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115.
3. Send gifts, made out to United Church of Christ and marked in the memo
portion US Spring Storms Appeal to United Church of Christ, Financial
Services; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
4. Make a secure on-line donation. Donate Now.
5. Assemble Church World Service clean up and hygiene kits which are