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The UMCOR Hotline

November 20, 2007

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftBangladesh: Cyclone Sidr Emergency Response

Red Arrow-giftUS: Helping Katrina Evacuees A Long Way From Home

Red Arrow-giftAfrica: Give Thanks by Sowing

Red Arrow-giftWorldwide: UMC Clinic Gets New Outlook on HIV/AIDS

Red Arrow-giftResources: UMCOR Calendar “Hands of Hope”

BANGLADESH: CYCLONE SIDR EMERGENCY RESPONSE

UMCOR is responding through Action By Churches Together partners and Muslim Aid, a British-based relief agency, to help thousands of displaced people affected by the deadly cyclone that struck South Bangladesh on Nov. 16. UMCOR will help with immediate basic needs and assist in long-term recovery plans.

In a release issued on Nov. 19, Sam Dixon, UMCOR’s top executive stated, “Although we are not there in person, we will work through our trusted partners who are already on the ground in Bangladesh.”

Both organizations are assessing the situation and UMCOR is standing ready to support their recovery efforts. An estimated three million people were either evacuated or were displaced by the storm. Please help the people of Bangladesh in their time of need by giving to Bangladesh Emergency, UMCOR Advance #202400.Online Giving

US: HELPING KATRINA EVACUEES A LONG WAY FROM HOME

UMCOR is continuing to support The Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in Illinois in helping Katrina evacuees get basic services. They will receive help with rent, utilities, bus passes, food vouchers, and gas cards for the next few months—as survivors go through the referral transition process to community agencies.

A large number of families affected by Katrina in 2005 are still in need of basic assistance. With UMCOR’s help, The Neighborhood House will also supply much-needed case management work and direct services for families and individuals who are living in rural areas and who do not qualify for Illinois Katrina Assistance Relief Efforts.

The Neighborhood House helps Katrina evacuees and their families with affordable housing, enrolling children in schools, and helping with job placement and training. Please lend your support to UMCOR’s efforts to respond to disasters in the US by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.Online Giving

AFRICA: GIVE THANKS BY SOWING

As we ready ourselves to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving feast with our loved ones, let us remember to help those who do not have much to eat this season. A warm bowl of food can mean the difference between life and death for a child.

A child reportedly dies every five seconds due to hunger. Hunger affects 800 million people around the world, according to UN World Food Programme. It kills more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Your gifts can make a difference. Learn how your gifts can help feed a family of five in Kenya with maize and beans for three months, or, serve a child a nutritious lunch in South Sudan for the next six months through the UMCOR Gift Catalog. Visit our catalog or give directly to UMCOR Advance #101250, All Africa Famine Relief.Online Giving

WORLDIWDE: UMC CLINIC GETS NEW OUTLOOK ON HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day is Dec 1. UMCOR brings you the fourth story about HIV/AIDS through Kansas-based Saint Mark United Methodist Church and their HIV/AIDS outreach ministry. Read how this once HIV/AIDS-shy congregation turned into community advocates of future AIDS testing, fundraising efforts and educational awareness events. Click here to read the story.

Visit our World AIDS Day page now to learn more and use the many resources UMCOR is making available to help bring awareness to your community. Give to United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345.Online Giving

RESOURCES: UMCOR CALENDAR “HANDS OF HOPE”

Give a gift of hope this year. UMCOR’s “Hands of Hope” calendar is a practical yet inspiring gift that details United Methodists’ work and ministry in 81 countries.

The calendar, available here, is rich in color and is filled with the lives and faces of those reached and changed by United Methodists hands around the globe. Avoid the long lines this year and give a gift that inspires change.

UMCOR produces this annual calendar and charges a moderate fee of $8.50 plus shipping. We do not use your generous donations for its production. UMCOR uses other funding channels created specifically for projects such as these. Consider placing your order today and share the work of hope made possible through United Methodists around the globe.

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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