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The UMCOR Hotline

November 06, 2007

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftMexico: Flood Response

Red Arrow-gift US: Restoring Livelihoods After the Fires

Red Arrow-giftWorldwide: “A Silent Shout About HIV/AIDS”

Red Arrow-giftUS: Organ Tissue Donor Sunday

MEXICO: FLOOD RESPONSE

Please pray for the thousands of people affected by damaging floods from Hurricane Noel in the Mexican state of Tabasco. UMCOR is in contact with Action by Churches Together to assess the situation and is working on a plan of action. UMCOR will address the immediate humanitarian concerns as well as long-term recovery needs of those affected.

You can help UMCOR in its anticipated response by giving to Hurricanes 2007, UMCOR Advance # 982511.Online Giving

US: RESTORING LIVELIHOODS AFTER THE FIRES

UMCOR is helping those in San Diego who lost their homes and were severely affected by economic loss during the October wildfires.

Agricultural and service industry employees who were unable to work during the fires are among those UMCOR plans to help. The focus will be to assist single paycheck families-especially individuals who are uninsured or underinsured property owners and those for whom English is their second language.

Many affected by the fires had their places of employment damaged or destroyed. Please help the families regain their livelihood by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, California Wildfires, UMCOR Advance #901670.Online Giving

WORLDWIDE: "A SILENT SHOUT ABOUT HIV/AIDS”

In observance of the upcoming World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, UMCOR will continue to bring you stories about United Methodists’ work concerning HIV/AIDS around the world. Read the second of four stories “A Silent Shout About HIV/AIDS” and learn how the Deaf community as well as the hearing community in Baltimore, Md., are living positively with HIV/AIDS.

Visit our World AIDS Day Page now to learn more and utilize the many resources UMCOR is making available to help bring awareness to your community.

US: ORGAN AND TISSUE DONOR SUNDAY

On Sunday November 11, during worship service, the members of Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland, Wa., will observe Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday by hearing a first-hand story of a donor.

Cindy Klettke always wanted to be a donor. When she received a letter from the Bone Marrow Donor Program in Seattle saying that she was a match for a 17 year-old girl—whom she would later know as Courtney—it was particularly a poignant moment for her.

Courtney has since graduated from high school, started a career, fell in love and walked down the aisle at her own storybook wedding—a milestone in Courtney’s life that would not have happened without her transplant. “A few days of my time is not sacrifice at all for a whole precious life,” said Cindy.

Traditionally observed the second Sunday in November, Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday is an annual interfaith celebration to support organ and tissue donation. The United Methodist Church is encouraged to observe this important day to create awareness. Click here for more information.

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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