(AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)
The United Church of Christ joins with the people of Oklahoma as they mourn the deaths of loved ones and begin to comprehend the devastation left in the wake of tornados which struck the area on Sunday and Monday, May 19-20.
Edith Guffey, UCC Kansas/Oklahoma Conference Minister reports UCC church buildings in the Oklahoma City area appear to have escaped damage, but at least one UCC member has lost her home and another her vehicle. Dr. Guffey, Oklahoma City pastors, and UCC National Disaster Ministries’ Florence Coppola are in communication and will coordinate the UCC response to these storms.
Ms. Coppola anticipates a broad ecumenical response pooling the particular disaster response competencies and resources of the UCC and our disaster response partners which include; clean up kits and personal protection equipment, pastoral counseling and support, funds to support immediate and long term recovery efforts and volunteers to help rebuild homes.
This is just the beginning of what is predicted to be an active Spring and Summer storm season.
“Generosity is a hallmark of UCC members and friends,” says Ms. Coppola, “their gifts now will help the UCC respond to these devastating storms and those yet to come this spring and summer.”
How YOU Can Help
1. Pray for the people and communities impacted by tornados and storms and all those who serve as first responder emergency personnel.
2. Make a gift payable to your congregation marked for Tornados/Storms, with the request they be sent through your Conference Office on to the United Church of Christ, Financial Services, 700 Prospect Avenue E, Cleveland, OH 44115.
3. Send gifts, payable to the United Church of Christ and marked in the memo portion Tornado/Storms, to United Church of Christ, Financial Services, 700 Prospect Avenue E, Cleveland, OH 44115.
4. Make a secure on-line gift to Tornado/Storms Relief by donating to Emergency USA. Please note: Tornados/Storms in the comment section. Donate Now.
5. Assemble Church World Service clean up kits which are urgently needed.