February 7, 2008
Over 40 tornadoes damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes, businesses, schools, farms and other properties in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama.
On Tuesday, February 5 over 40 tornadoes damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes, along with businesses, schools, farms and other properties in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama. United Church of Christ Conference disaster response coordinators are checking on UCC churches and members. At this time, we have not heard of any damages to UCC families or churches. The National Disaster Ministries office is also monitoring reports from our partner, Church World Service.
As assessments continue and needs become known, long term recovery needs will be reported. This level of destruction will take a number of years to restore lives. The United Church of Christ is seeking $50,000 to assist communities in these efforts.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Pray for people who live in communities affected by tornadoes.
2. To help those affected by disasters you may, send gifts payable to your congregation marked for Emergency USA "February 2008 Tornadoes" with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
3. Send gifts, made out to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion Emergency USA "February 2008 Tornadoes" to the Office for Global Sharing of Resources; Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
4. Make a secure on-line donation.