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Contributions Help During the Wait on FEMA, Insurance
9/14/2017 (World Church Announcements)
The first financial assistance from Harvey Relief has been distributed to storm victims in the Houston area.
The contributions have provided food, transportation, and housing as families and individuals wait for information from their insurance and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Some in need might not receive any help from FEMA, according to church officials in Texas.
Jim Seeley, mission center financial officer team member for Coastal Bend Mission Center, said Harvey Relief contributions are ensuring storm victims' safety and enabling them to get back to work.
He offered this list of recent concerns:
• Two homes that have insurance will need major repairs and replacement of furniture and appliances; and two homes that don’t have insurance will need much the same.
• One home was blown off its foundation and likely will need to be demolished and replaced (insurance status unknown).
• Three homes have minor damage and will need some items replaced (insurance status unknown).
• One family lost everything in a rental home. The family had no insurance and will need furniture, appliances, and clothes.
This list is incomplete and changes as new information is available. Church member volunteers continue to help with cleanup and demolition at homes that were damaged.
Thank you for your generous contributions to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, which have exceeded the $25,000 goal. We continue to monitor the situation in Texas and surrounding areas and are releasing funds as needed. We’re also gathering preliminary information about needs related to Hurricane Irma.
You may continue to support both hurricane relief efforts through eTithing (Disaster Relief button, then Hurricane Relief) or by sending checks to the Presiding Bishopric with “Hurricane relief” on the check’s memo line. Mail checks to Community of Christ International Headquarters, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO 64050-3562.
Contributions received in excess of those needed for aid related to these storms will go to Worldwide Mission Tithes, where funds will be drawn for future disaster relief efforts.