The UMCOR Hotline
September 25, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
Help send relief supplies to Sudan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Haiti and Georgia, as well as Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Shipping supplies already at The UMCOR Sager Brown Depot, the United Methodist Relief Supply Center in Baldwin, La., is costly and your help is needed to meet the needs of the people in these countries.
UMCOR receives requests for supplies such as school kits, bedding kits, and layette kits. They are assembled and packed at the Sager Brown Depot, but without the capability to get shipments to where they are needed most, those resources are useless.
The Contain Your Joy Advance covers the cost of the containers and shipping that distributes essential items to those in need. It costs on average $6,700 to ship a 40-foot container of goods from the Sager Brown Depot to its final destination overseas.
UMCOR continues its long-time support to the United Methodist Church of Haiti Hot Lunch Program, which provides meals to children in the Methodist school system.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The hot lunch program serves a hearty, nutritious meal to nearly 17,000 school children every day, including rice, beans, and other local produce.
In Zimbabwe, deteriorating economic conditions, a crumbling health care system and a high occurrence of HIV/AIDS are resulting in thousands of people needing personal home care. Home-based care programs are often the only source of support for adults and children living with HIV/AIDS. But without the right supplies, the help they offer is limited.
Care workers often lack basic medicines such as pain killers, antibiotics, ointments, linens, bandages or soap. You can help bring relief by donating a Medicine Box.
The Medicine Box helps the day-to-day treatment of common ailments that plague babies and their mothers, children, and adults. The Box contains 18 essential medicines and medical supplies that are enough to respond to illnesses and injuries in a population of 1,000 people for a period of three months. The cost of the Medicine Box is $425. Learn how your church or community group can be involved in this life saving program by visiting UMCOR's Medicine Box web page.
Faith leaders are often not informed about mental illness and may not know how to provide appropriate pastoral care to families living with mental illnesses. For this reason, United Methodists are encouraged to observe the first week of October which is designated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. Help United Methodist Church communities prepare educational opportunities and resources to help those in need. Learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week here.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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