Somebody Cares Responds to Hurricane Matthew
Somebody Cares chapters and partners are bringing relief to Hurricane Matthew victims in the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. The death toll from Matthew continues to climb, with the most recent numbers standing at 26 in the U.S. Thousands are still being rescued from floodwaters that came as the hurricane brought up to 15 inches of rain in some areas and flood surges up to 9 feet high. Power is slowly being restored to millions of homes, businesses, and communities that are now dealing with on-going flooding. The storm left billions of dollars in damages. Some experts are predicting this could be the costliest hurricane in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
In St. Augustine, Florida, chapter director John Clifton said, “We are providing materials and supplies for home repairs, working through our partner churches for the manpower. We plan to make these items available to those without insurance, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and single parents. We are also providing items to our two homeless shelters to help with their clean-up. It is estimated that the damage in St. Augustine and St. Johns Counties will exceed two billion dollars.”
SCA relief partner Mercy Chefs has deployed to Beaufort, South Carolina, where they are working with the local Emergency
Management Center to serve hot meals to residents and first responders. Reporting on social media, Mercy Chefs explained: “Keep in mind that these crews are working 14 hour days, sleeping on the floor of a gymnasium, away from their families, to serve their community in this time of crisis.” Two EMTs they served said they had only had saltine crackers for two days. They also delivered meals to two young boys who hadn’t eaten all day. “These people are hurting in ways we can’t understand,” said Mercy Chefs founder, Gary LeBlanc.
In Haiti, the official death toll in Haiti is now over 1,000; and it is reported they are now being buried in mass graves for fear of a cholera outbreak. BBC reports say the hurricane aftermath puts this already impoverished country at risk of famine. Somebody Cares is mobilizing nonperishable food to send to the devastated areas in Haiti and working with our contacts there to see if it is possible to start rebuilding homes.
Your generous gift today
of $50, $100, $500 or any amount will help us provide the love and hope of Christ as we care of disaster victims with shelter, food, and other necessary supplies for recovery and rebuilding
with our partners working in Haiti and the Southeastern U.S.
- For first responders and all those who lost property and loved ones:
- For provision of all needed supplies;
- For strength and endurance;
- For our Somebody Cares chapters and partners to be the tangible expression of Christ in a time of desperate need.
If you are part of a church, please consider a special offering for Haiti relief to support the Somebody Cares disaster relief efforts. Offerings can be given online or by mailing a check to Somebody Cares, PO Box 925308, Houston, TX 77292, Memo: Hurricane Relief Haiti or Hurricane Relief U.S.
Thank you for caring!