Here is how…
Pray for the survivors, for the families of those who lost loved ones, for those who lost every possession they had, for those who are serving in emergency services, who are doing the hard work of recovering bodies, and clearing homes. Pray for those who are giving comfort, preparing meals, packing and unpacking supplies, organizing volunteers, Working to make a massive system of distribution appear where there was none just 4 days ago. Pray for those who are tired, overwhelmed and in deep need of hope.
Give to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance… You can designate gifts to
DR000191-U.S. Flooding, and write “West Virginia” in the comments if donating online, or write “DR000191-West Virginia” on the memo line of a check. https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000191/
PLEASE WRITE “WEST VIRGINIA” IN COMMENTS OR ON YOUR CHECK!
OTHERWISE YOUR DONATION MAY NOT GO TO WEST VIRGINIA.
3. OR you can send checks directly to the Presbytery of West Virginia, 520 Second Ave, South Charleston, WV 25303. Those moneys will go directly to one of three efforts:
- a. WVMAW (WVMAW.org) They are the Long-term recovery agency of the Presbytery of WV. They are already on the ground and working across the state. They will be there for the years it will take to recover from this event.
- b. The Bread of Life Food Pantry. It is a part of Summersville Presbyterian Church and is currently the best way to get food, water and cleaning supplies out into some of the worst hit areas.
- c. Other church related recovery. We are running pastoral care teams for theforeseeable future in six areas. We have at least five churches that have significant damage. We are aware that we will need support for years in these areas.
4. Prepare to send teams of volunteers to help. WVMAW will be coordinating most of our teams. We are not ready for them yet but we will soon be. There is much to do but we need to work smart. Please give us the time to get a structure in place that makes working here smart and safe.
5. Keep praying. Our hearts are broken. But… there is God! And God is good.
Barbara Chalfant, Associate for Mission, Presbytery of West Virginia