Severe Winter Response in Texas

 The LORD watches over the strangers;
   he upholds the orphan and the widow.
   --Psalm 146:9

Winter storms have rocked much of the United States over the last few weeks; ice and snow have not only affected areas that are accustomed to severe winter weather, but people in a variety of places have struggled with weather-related risks and needs that they are neither prepared for nor accustomed to responding to.

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries supports refugees and vulnerable people in the Rio Grande Valley. (photo by SWGSM)But in the midst of that, your gifts have made a difference. Following last week’s winter storms, many of the people served by Disciples mission center and Week of Compassion partner Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries near Los Fresnos, TX, in the Rio Grande Valley found themselves in dire need. The temperature had dropped to well below freezing, an unusual drop in south Texas, even in February. Snow and ice made their way to Los Fresnos, and refugee families aided by SWGSM were among the most vulnerable to the effects of the snow and cold.

Because of your faithful partnership and support, we were able to contact our partners at Church World Service  and get more than 1000 blankets from their Blankets+ program to the refugees and other vulnerable populations served by SWGSM.

Partnership—woven in trust, mutual care, and hope—made the difference in the lives of people who needed warmth in the midst of a brutal winter. Your gifts to the CWS Blankets+ program through Week of Compassion have been a blessing to folks at SWGSM and all over the country.

But even now, needs continue. Along with blankets, Church World Service provides other material needs to folks in need during disasters large and small. Currently, Church World Service School Kits and Clean-Up Bucket inventories are severely low. Though the winter chill may make it seem otherwise, it’s not too early to prepare for spring floods, and these kits will help provide supplies needed by people affected by flooding.

For information on assembling the kits and buckets, follow this link.

You can also respond through Week of Compassion by donating here. We give thanks to God for all of you who made this response possible. Your warm hearts continue to keep others safe from the cold.