When the floods came to South Texas our congregation was quick to respond, donating upward of $55,000 within the first days after the storm hit land. Some of the money was used to purchase supplies for cleaning buckets which our Early Response Team delivered when they made their trip to work sites in South Texas earlier this month.
The team took on the daunting job of helping families sort through the debris of their homes and begin cleaning so they can repair and rebuild. Some team members helped put a tarp on the roof of a house as a stop gap until new roofing tiles can be put on. The gift of their work and their loving presence helped send our love to those families.
To assist families in the Fort Worth Shelter at Wilkerson Greines Arena, our church purchased $1,500 in gas cards for the families to use as they drove back home or made arrangements to resettle elsewhere. Mister Mark Burrows, our Director of Children’s Ministries, spent three afternoons entertaining and encouraging children at the center.
First Street Methodist Mission distributed food, clothing, diapers, and baby wipes to Fort Worth residents who had extra people in their homes when South Texans evacuated. The Mission also provided sack lunches to families who were able to head back home as the waters began to go down. In the weeks and months ahead the Mission, the Community Advocate Office, and others on the disaster response teams will continue to serve with a network of other providers to assist in recovery efforts.