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By simply putting up a stand and a sign, Community of Christ members on Sept. 3 in Beaverton, Michigan, collected money to send to Texas. The initial total was $500, and the World Church will see that it’s distributed to hurricane victims, Pastor Steven Levine said. A neighboring Methodist church helped. It’s just one of the many examples of aid going to the Houston area.
On Sept. 2, church members gathered to clean out and strip damaged materials from the homes of two neighboring families. One family had flood insurance, but the other lived in a rented home without insurance. Tresha Hattar, who is helping coordinate aid in the area, said the second family likely will need more help after renovation, to replace furnishings destroyed by floodwaters. One member loaded up clothing and took it to a laundry where it was all washed and dried.
Hattar listed other church members’ needs. One family is looking for hospice care; the home of another member might be too toxic to clean because it was in the area of a chemical plant. Some need to borrow transportation to return to work. One family is sleeping in a tent because their two large dogs aren’t welcome at area hotels. Other families and individuals’ homes took on water but the extent of the damage isn’t yet known.
The Pasadena and Northwest Houston church buildings apparently were damaged by the flooding, but specific information was not available.
The church has committed an initial $25,000 from the Worldwide Mission Tithes budget for immediate Texas Flood Relief aid. We are hoping to receive an additional $25,000 from contributions, to be used as needs are identified. This is an initial estimate and may change in coming days. Contributions received in excess of $25,000 will either be used for Texas Flood Relief efforts or will go to Worldwide Mission Tithes where aid will be drawn for any future disaster relief efforts. For more information, email HarveyRelief@CofChrist.org
In addition to eTithing, donors may send checks made to the Presiding Bishopric with “Harvey flood relief” on the check’s memo line. Mail checks to Community of Christ International Headquarters, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO 64050-3562.