On Sunday, widespread storms hit the Middle Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Large hail, high straight line winds and tornadoes were reported in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. Likewise, power outages struck Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee. The storm system is still very significant and could bring on more severe weather in the Mid-Atlantic states in the next few days. Severe storms have hit Oregon and Washington, cutting power to thousands, causing flooding, and forcing people out of their homes. Additionally, communities in the northern U.S. have experienced severe winter weather, creating a need for blankets and hygiene kits when sheltering is required.
Week of Compassion has been monitoring the situation through our partners in regional ministry, who are checking in with congregations in affected areas. As of the writing of this update, no weather-based needs connected to Disciples congregations have been reported or discovered. We remain vigilant as severe weather is predicted in a number of regions.
Likewise, Week of Compassion’s partner organization, Church World Service, has Emergency Response Specialists in contact with response organizations in impacted states to determine where CWS material goods are needed (Clean Up Buckets, Blankets, and Hygiene Kits, Baby Kits and School Kits). Response organizations being contacted include FEMA Volunteer Liaisons, State Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters as well as our many faith-based contacts. In the hardest hit communities CWS will determine if training and grants will be needed for Long Term Recovery.
We are always grateful for your partnership as we respond to emergency needs as they emerge. Please consider partnering with Week of Compassion as we respond when storms, tornados, and other quick-moving disasters strike.
Celebrate “My Fair Valentine” with Equal Exchange
My Fair Valentine Cards & Candy set includes fairly traded organic dark chocolate minis and colorful cards with illustrated animals and cute messages.
Plus, each set comes with a fun and informative bookmark exploring where fairly traded chocolate comes from!
What a great way to show people you care about them-and that you care about fair trade!