UMCOR Provides Support for Kansas Recovery
NEW YORK, May 7, 2007-A powerful tornado with winds at more than 200 mph left a swath of destruction 22 miles long and more than a mile wide in southwest Kansas the night of May 4. The town of Greensburg was sitting in the middle of the tornado's path and when it was over, nary a building was left standing.
Nine people perished in the storm and dozens more were injured. A tornado warning issued a half hour before the twister hit saved countless lives.
UMCOR released an emergency grant to the Kansas West Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church over the weekend and is providing on site support through UMCOR disaster consultant, Cherri Baer. The Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR domestic disaster response executive, is in close contact with the conference to ensure their needs are met as they respond to this tragedy.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Greensburg and the surrounding areas, and our assistance is on the way," said the Rev. R. Randy Day, chief executive of the mission agency that includes the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). "The strong, resilient people of Kansas will weather this storm, and we are glad we can be part of the recovery." Day heads the General Board of Global Ministries.
Please keep the Greensburg community in your prayers as they begin recovering from this disaster. Also pray for the United Methodist Church in Kansas as it ministers to those in need.
How You Can Help
Cash gifts will help provide for recovery. Checks can be mailed to UMCOR PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Write "UMCOR Advance #901680, Kansas Tornado, Midwest Tornado Emergencies" on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of every donation to any appeal, including appeals for Kansas recovery, goes to support the designated program.