Like many of you, our hearts are breaking over reports from this past week coming out of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Even as we continue long-term hurricane recovery throughout the Gulf Coast of Texas, we are also mobilizing assistance to these areas as well as various locations throughout Florida.
Mexico City Earthquake
In Tampa Bay, our local chapter provided hot meals to those without power in that region, as well as mobilizing help for clean up efforts.
Our St. Augustine chapter mobilized local churches for three clean-up days and provided hundreds of heavy duty contractor trash bags to help remove debris from yards all overthe city. As they did after Hurricane Matthew, SCSTA partnered with Home Again St.Johns County to help meet the needs of the homeless population who lost everything during the storm. “Many were picked up and bused to shelters only to return and find their camps and what little they owned destroyed,” explained SCSTA founder, John Clifton. With the help of Somebody Cares America, SCSTA was able to provide tents, camp stoves, Coleman propane canisters, sleeping bags, tarps, lanterns, first aid kits, and personal hygiene items.
Georgina, a single mom with three children called our office last week. Her home sustained three feet of flooding and, with nowhere else to go, her family was still living there. In addition to trying to maintain her job, Georgina was also trying to help her terminally ill sister. She had neither the resources nor energy to clean out her flooded home and was concerned about mold and the health of her family. She was desperate for help. Somebody Cares connected her with one of our partners, Christian Temple Church, that sent a team over right away to help. That weekend, they removed all the damaged drywall, flooring, furniture, and other items that needed to go, then they took her out for dinner that evening and prayed with her. Georgina said she could not remember the last time she sat down and had a meal.
There are thousands of others who, like Georgina, need help in so many ways. And thanks to friends and partners like you, the Somebody Cares network is there to be a tangible expression of God’s love to them.
Please continue to pray for everyone affected by these tragic events, and those sacrificially responding to their needs. And consider donating to help with these disaster response efforts!
Thank you for caring!