Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Give to Help Flood Victims

During the week of Aug. 22, St. Stephen members are focused on giving to aid the victims of recent catastrophic flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The most severe flooding occurred around Baton Rouge, La., where some 170,000 people were evacuated, including 20,000 that had to be rescued from the rising water, according to a United Methodist News Service report.

At left, recent flooding in Denham Springs, La., nearly covered a sign for the United Methodist Church there, which had served as a Red Cross shelter but had to be evacuated. The home in the rear belongs to a member of that church. (Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jackie King)

Members are invited to bring or send their checks to the church. Checks should be made out to St. Stephen UMC with "UMCOR Domestic Disaster" in the memo line. Users of The Fluid App also can make electronic donations via the Cause labeled "UMCOR-1" on the app. By channeling donations through the church, we support our United Methodist connection and provide funds for purchasing flood victims' most urgent needs, whether for cleaning buckets or health kits.

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