CCDRE Continuing to Help Long-Term

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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.