HOW CAN YOU HELP?
As followers of Christ, our response to the hurricane disaster is to pray, give, send, and go.
- Pray for victims and their needs
- Pray for pastors and churches along the East Coast
- Pray for the safety of first responders, volunteers and others offering aid
- Pray for those working to restore power and other needed utilities
- Pray that others will see God's grace and love during this time of tragedy
As a church, we will be responding to this disaster in three phases.
Phase 1 is occurring now. We are to pray, and give financially. You may give through the church website or write a check and designate on the check or envelope that it is for “Disaster Relief.” All gifts go 100% directly to disaster relief.
Phase 2 involves giving specific items at the following locations:
Christian Service Mission
Christian Service Mission, a Hunter Street community ministry partner, is hosting a collection of supplies for Hurricane relief. We are sending supplies to partner locations for immediate distribution. Please see the list below and drop off location. No clothing items or pickup donations can be accepted.
• bottled water
• canned goods (non-expired)
• cleaning supplies
• canned pet food
• work gloves
• heavy duty trash bags
• tarps (all sizes)
• hammers & nails (re-building tools)
• plastic tubs
• 5-gallon buckets
Bring items to: CSM at 3600 3rd Ave South Birmingham AL 35222
Hoover Fire Departments
The city of Hoover is helping with relief efforts for those affected by the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael last week.
The following items will be accepted:
• Tarps w/ roof tabs
• Baby Diapers
• Baby Formula
• Baby Food
• Baby Wipes
• Body Wipes
• Adult Diapers
• Non-perishable food
• Canned food with pop tops
• Batteries of all sizes
• Bug Spray
Items can be dropped off at any Hoover fire station location until November 2.
The City of Birmingham
The City of Birmingham will host a supply drive to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.
It will start Tuesday October 16th and go through Friday October 19th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Boutwell Auditorium.
Items to be collected daily:>
• Canned goods
• Bottled water
• Cleaning supplies (brooms, mops, gloves, cleaners, disinfectants, trash bags, etc.)
• Garden rakes
• Work gloves
• 5-gallon buckets
The city will not be collecting clothing items or shoes this time. City workers and volunteers will unload cars as people pull up to the Boutwell. You don’t even have to get out of your vehicle!
If you are interested in volunteering for the effort the city has started a sign up at the United Way website.
Phase 3 will occur in the later weeks and months when we can send people and go to serve at a local partnering church. Our desire with any natural disaster is to partner with a local church and assist them in meeting the needs of their community. This may include collecting specific goods and/or sending volunteers to minister and serve.
At this time, for Hurricane Michael, we will ask you to continue to pray for our neighbors in the impacted areas. We will update our church family on how to assist further once we have a local partnering church and learn how we can provide the best assistance for their needs.
UPDATE ON HURRICANE FLORENCE RESPONSE
We have been in contact with a local church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, in New Bern, North Carolina. We will be collecting and sending “Welcome Home Kits” to Tabernacle as part of our Giving Christmas initiative. More information will be provided through our Giving Christmas catalog. Tabernacle will be using the kits to help residents move back into their flooded homes. We are also currently in the early planning stages to recruit and send volunteers to New Bern, NC to assist Tabernacle in their efforts to minister to their community. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities please email our missions team, Frank Blackwell or Karla Luttrell.