The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
US: Ice Storm Recovery
MIDDLE EAST: Helping Iraqi Refugees
GEORGIA: UMCOR Gifts Bring Smiles
UMCOR: New Resources
US: ICE STORM RECOVERY
UMCOR responded with emergency grants to help restore basic services to several annual conferences affected by the fierce mid-December ice storm that struck the Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri states.
UMCOR is assisting the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference, Oklahoma Annual Conference as well as the Kansas East Annual Conference with the immediate basic needs until electrical power is restored and a sense of normalcy is gained. The ice storm froze several structures and knocked out electrical power for some 640,000 people.
All 77 counties in Oklahoma were declared disaster areas and local officials have stated that this was the worst natural disaster to hit the state in years. Please help by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
MIDDLE EAST: HELPING IRAQI REFUGEES
UMCOR is helping Action by Churches Together and its partner International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) with the distribution of food and hygiene kits to 2,910 Iraqi refugees in Iraq and Syria for three months. More than two million Iraqis have fled Bagdad and neighboring countries seeking refuge from the escalating sectarian conflict.
Priority distribution of essential food and health kits will be given to families with one or more members that are physically disadvantaged, single-headed households, the elderly and families with eight or more members.
Iraqi refugees live on few resources—prices for rent and daily food have gone up and water resources have become scarce. Also, the lack of security on the streets has prevented many from moving about freely to obtain needed resources. Please help meet the basic and immediate needs for these families by giving to Middle East Emergency, UMCOR Advance #601740.
GEORGIA: UMCOR GIFTS BRING SMILES
Happy faces, smiles and hundreds of raised cheerful voices filled a room in Georgia when children saw the arrival of school kits, health kits and sewing kits donated by UMCOR last September. "Thank you UMCOR for this beautiful day", were the most frequently heard words in the Collective Center. The Center, is home for internally displaced adults and children from Abkhazia—of which 55 children are disabled.
Here in this run-down building that lacks the elementary-required living conditions—warmth and attention—UMCOR brought hope. In an event to support displaced disabled children, UMCOR distributed the much-needed supplies to 300 vulnerable children.
"Today UMCOR has made them feel that they are needed, loved and protected by others," says Nana Chaligava, director of The Fund to Support Disabled IDP Children. Please continue to support programs like these by giving to Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 250305.
UMCOR: NEW RESOURCES
Read about UMCOR Azerbaijan’s Pharmaceutical Distribution Program in this new church bulletin insert. UMCOR is bringing hope to thousands of families like Layla Ismailova who was struggling to take care of her ailing elderly mother and young child. Read how UMCOR helped turn Layla and her family’s life around for the better.
In UMCOR’s New Report to Donors, learn how a brighter future is being secured for hundreds of refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan and Iran. UMCOR supplied them with milk-bearing goats that are helping to supplement their income—enabling them to stand on their own feet again. Download the report today and learn more about what your generous contributions to UMCOR programs can do.
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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