Hurricane michael relief efforts

DONATIONS TO HURRICANE MICHAEL RELIEF EFFORTS


To make donations to Hurricane Michael relief efforts follow this link to the Alabama-West Florida Conference. 100% of the funds contributed will go to help those impacted in our conference. https://awf-reg.brtapp.com/HurricaneMichaelReliefDonations


HURRICANE MICHAEL RESPONSE UPDATE


Bringing Hope To People In Panama City

UPDATE OCTOBER 16

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,


This last week has been so hard, but our hearts have been lifted by the Spirit's beautiful work among us as you have shown care and compassion to our neighbors devastated by Hurricane Michael. You have bought diapers and tarps. You have moved water and MRE's. You have driven boats loaded down with supplies. You have listened to stories of survival from those who just needed to talk. Thank you for your part in caring for the Body of Christ most in need!


Our work continues in the coming days; but we want to make you aware of what is happening tomorrow Tuesday, October 16th.  If you would like to volunteer, we have teams leaving from the church.


Team 1 - Tarping the Christian Education Building at St. Andrew UMC

Meets at the church at 7am. Pat Luna is the lead contact person.

Bring drinks and food for yourself for the day.


You need long pants, long sleeves or sunscreen, gloves, thicker boots/shoes, hammer.

Remember bathrooms do not have running water and no electricity.

Those helping will be tarping the 2nd story roof of the Christian Education Building. You may also be helping distribute items to those in need. Bring a flexible attitude. 


If you have Verizon cell service, it will likely not work in PC.  Be prepared for heavy traffic and long commutes.


Team 2 - Continuing to help with food distribution through Feed the Gulf Coast

Meets at the church at 8am. Mike Cox is lead contact person. Those gathered will determine plan for the day working with Feed the Gulf Coast.


Bring drinks and food for yourself for the day.


Remember bathrooms do not have running water and no electricity. Bring a flexible attitude. 

If you have Verizon cell service, it will likely not work in PC.  Be prepared for heavy traffic and long commutes.


More opportunities will continue as we progress through the coming weeks. We recognize the need for better scheduling, but we are still learning and developing connections with groups and those in need.  Please refer to the previous emails/posts on our Facebook page for supplies to be dropped off at Good News UMC or given to those persons traveling with our teams into affected areas.  Please focus your energies on tarps, baby food and diapers, pet food.  Please do not bring clothes or stuffed animals.


If you are unable to buy supplies or to volunteer, please consider making a donation through this link:

https://awf-reg.brtapp.com/HurricaneMichaelReliefDonations


100% of the donations given will go to relief efforts in our annual conference.


Thank you, again, for all that you are doing to offer your gifts and service to God as you serve others.


One in Christ with you,


Pastor Amy and Pastor Karla


FROM OCTOBER 14 AND PRIOR - USEFUL LINKS AND NEEDED ITEMS


Update on our Hurricane Michael relief efforts: several of our members went into Panama City to distribute supplies and check on the people of Saint Andrew UMC. We were also able to make in-person contact with Feeding the Gulf Coast, a food bank we will be working with in the coming days. 


IF YOU ARE ABLE TO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME MONDAY (and coming days as well):


Please meet at the church at 9:00 am Monday morning. There are several sites in Panama City and surrounding communities from which we will work to distribute food, and we will disperse to those locations from the PWUMC. 


Some of us will go back to Saint Andrew--they expressed a ned for diapers, wipes, baby formula, and tarps. 


If you're planning to go, please let Karla Daniel know via Facebook or email. Thank you in advance for your selfless service.


DONATIONS


Donations to help those in need are being collected at Good News United Methodist Church and will be distributed to rescue and aid teams that are coming in.

Here are the biggest needs right now:


Tarps, bottled water, diapers, wipes, body wipes, first aid items, dry goods, underwear, hygiene items, ( you can put together small hygiene kits with soap washcloth toothbrush and toothpaste), hydrogen Peroxide, bleach (gallons), flashlights, batteries, and rope.


Also Tylenol, charcoal, lighter, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates.


You may drop these items off at Good News United Methodist Church, 4747 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. When dropping your donations off go into the Kids Building on the right. We will also receive donations at Point Washington UMC tomorrow, during and after worship, Sunday October 14th, and will get them to Good News for you.


HURRICANE MICHAEL RESPONSE - VOLUNTEERS


A group of volunteers from PWUMC will be gathering to assist an outreach ministry called Feeding the Gulf Coast as they distribute food and water to Bay County residents. Right now they are distributing food from one site in Panama City, but they are actively looking for more sites to set up their distribution program.


If you are interested in being a part of the team that goes from the church, please contact Mike Cox or Karla Daniel.


If you would like to register to help individually you can also do that through this site: http://bit.ly/HURRICANE_MICHAEL_RESPONSE


You’ll receive information about needs and new sites via email from this organization.

If you have questions, please contact Karla, 770-597-2577 or karladaniel@pwumc.org