We need your help! In many ways, 2016 has become our second busiest year in helping with disasters, but also in the money we’ve spent to provide these supplies. We’ve said historically that 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, was our busiest year. In number of food boxes, and the amount of time we were on site, it still was a very busy time for us, but during 2016 we have provided more appliances, more furniture, more mattress sets, more personal hygiene boxes, more infant care boxes, and more cleaning buckets than we did in any year. We were told by many in Texas and Louisiana that the damages from the flooding this year, was worse than it was after Katrina. We have provided 315 shipments this year through December 9th, to 20 different states, and we’ve still got a few weeks to go. We have 7 trailer loads of supplies ready to send at this time. We ask you to please read the letter below. Mike Lewis, Executive Director
December 9, 2016
Dear Friend in Christ,
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort needs your help. Our second busiest year, and in many ways our largest spending year helping those affected by disasters is coming to an end. We’ve helped more this year with flooding than any other disaster, but also tornadoes and fires. Areas hit hardest had large areas of low-income families. Part of our follow-up work, is to provide low-income, uninsured families, with an appliance, a room of furniture, and enough mattress sets to sleep a family of four. Texas had flooding four times in 2016, Louisiana had areas flooded twice, plus flooding occurred in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida due to Hurricane Matthew. So we provided many more orders of appliances, beds, and furniture than we have in previous years. Through the supplies we provide, and turn over to a local Church of Christ for them to distribute, we’ve been able to help thousands this year, the Gospel has been spread, and many have been brought to Christ.
For the first time, we had to use money we had reserved for situations like this, and it’s great we had it to use, but now we need to build it back up. This letter is to kick off a campaign to replenish our cash fund, so when the next year like this one comes along, we’ll continue to be ready. We are asking for your help to replenish the funds we’ve spent. We receive no government grants or reimbursement, so we need your help to reach this goal. Your prayers and financial support allow us to help those in need after major disasters occur across the US.
Please consider donating today. You have 3 options to donate:
1) Go to the DONATE NOW button at the top of this page, where you can give from your checking account, credit or debit card or Paypal account.
2) Mail us a check
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc.
PO BOX 111180
Nashville, TN 37222-1190
3) or Call us at 1-888-541-2848, and we’ll take a credit card donation over the phone.
We thank you for supporting this work, to help those in need, but also to plant a seed that might grow to bring the lost to Christ. Through Him we can do all things!
The Board of Directors
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort