While we continue to monitor the damage caused by the heavy rains over the last week, and were in touch with many congregations after the series of smaller tornadoes touched down in numerous areas several weeks ago, none have been in the magnitude to request one of our trailers full of supplies. Many may not realize that when we send a 53′ trailer from Nashville to a disaster area, and the local church that will help distribute those supplies, that we send all of the basic needs for 300 families, not for one house hold, not for several dozen, but for hundreds of homes. We realize their is a need even when one family had been driven from their home, but if a community received minor damage, and items to help that family are available locally, the church should be able to step in and help in that case. Where the disaster is in a much larger scale, is where we step in, and offer our trailers full of supplies. ‘So what does Churches of Christ Disasater Relief Effort do when disasters are not taking place?’ Even though we’re not sending out trailer loads of supplies from Nashville, we stay busy for a number of months after a disaster hit, providing additional items for low-income, uninsured families. We don’t completely equip the homes of these families with every item they need, but our policies are that we can give the qualified families some of the items they might have lost. We can help these households with: Enough new mattress sets, and frames, to sleep an average family of 4, plus a new room of furniture (living room, dining room, or bedroom), plus a new appliance, maybe two. Again these are for qualified low-income, uninsured families. If they have insurance, their policy will replace the items they lost, IF they covered for this type of disaster. Most insurance policies cover for everything except flooding. Many households are not in a flood plane, so the homeowner is not offered flood insurance, OR don’t pay additional to have the coverage since there is no need. In 2017 we have provided 17 shipment of appliances, 13 shipments of furniture, and 13 shipments of mattress sets to Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee for people that were victims of disasters that took place months ago because of tornadoes, wildfires, flooding and wildfires. Also we use these ‘slower’ times to stock up on supplies, and to have volunteer groups work the items we purchase in bulk, so they’re ready to be packed in our food boxes, or personal care of infant care boxes, or cleaning buckets, so they’re ready to be distributed to those in need.
WHAT WE DOChurches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort immediately responds to any major disaster in the continental United States. We contact the leadership of local Churches of Christ in or near a major disaster area. If the leadership says their local congregation wants to help, we send and turn over to that congregation truckloads of emergency food, personal hygiene, infant care, water, cleaning supplies, and pallets of additional basic needs, for them to distribute to the disaster victims. These supplies are to be given to anyone affected by the disaster, regardless of race, creed, origin, gender, or religious preference. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. that employs fifteen paid personnel. The success of our organization though is because of the hundreds of volunteers that help us. Volunteers help us pack the majority of these supplies in our Nashville warehouse so they are ready to be distributed as soon as they're received, even our truck drivers are volunteers. Local Church of Christ congregations across the country volunteer their time and distribute the provided supplies to the disaster victims in their area.
Churches of Christ
Disaster Relief Effort, Inc.
PO Box 111180
Nashville, TN 37222-1180
410 Allied Drive
Nashville, TN 37211
Toll free: 1-888-541-2848
TOTAL SUPPLY VALUE GIVEN YEAR-TO-DATE
$3,629,828 (5/31/17)The best way to help Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort assist those in need is to donate money. Every food box, hygiene box, infant care box we send are exactly alike. All families get a food box with the same contents as their neighbors. The donations from congregations and individuals that support us, along with ordering direct from brokers and manufacturers, allow us to purchase needed supplies in large volume, at extreme discounts, whenever we need them. We are able to stretch your donation dollar to buy 3-4 times what you could purchase at retail prices. Purchasing these items allows us to be better organized, know the inventory we have, and buy the size of items we need. We don't have to wait for donated goods to come in before we can send supplies out. Please click on the DONATE NOW button above so we can continue to help local church of Christ congregations across the US help their neighbors devastated by disasters. Please Help Today!