Those 50 counties represent a lot of need following a disastrous hurricane that continues dump rain on the area.
As Texas residents struggle to find food and shelter, neighbors in Carroll and Montgomery Counties have been quick to respond to the need. Several churches, schools., businesses and other organizations are responding by helping collect items most often needed in a crisis.
Carroll-Montgomery Baptist Association
David Bartlett is the disaster relief coordinator for the Carroll-Montgomery Baptist Association and pastor of Hill View Baptist Church. Bartlett said the main concern at this point is to get crucial supplies into the hands of those impacted by this storm within the first 10 days.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Supply List
1. Cases of Bottled Water and or gallon jugs
4. Spray Bottles
5. Cleaning supplies (sponges, rags, mops, buckets, rubber gloves)
6. Hygiene items (i.e. deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo…)
7. baby supplies (diapers, wipes, food, formula)
8. Clorox wipes
9. Hand sanitizer
10. Nonperishable foods (pop top cans)
(This list is not exhaustive and will be updated as more specific needs are communicated)
“The Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief are already and will soon be in place trying to meet the needs of the people, but getting these initial supplies to people as soon as possible is our goal,” Bartlett said. “People have been responding well and are already bringing items that are needed to our collection sites.”
Supply items being collected for the victims of Hurricane Harvey include: cases of bottled water or gallon jugs, Clorox, Peroxide, Spray bottles, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, baby supplies, Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer, as well as, non-perishable foods. This list can be seen at http://www.hillviewbaptist.net/cmbad
The Association has three collection sites set up at this time, including Hill View Baptist Church at 23919 Hwy 430, Greenwood; North Carrollton Baptist Church at 203 Jackson St., North Carrollton; and the The Carroll-Montgomery Baptist Association office at 420 Tyler Holmes Dr., Winona.
Getting the word out about collecting these supplies is vital because the group cannot wait for an announcement from the pulpits of local churches on Sunday. The deadline for collecting these initial items is Saturday, Sept. 2, Bartlett said. The group plans to pull out with their trailers on Sunday afternoon, stopping in Louisiana to pick up more supplies and arrive in Houston on Monday. The Association is specifically partnering with South Drive Baptist Church of Channelview, Texas as a point of distribution.
“Please pray for those effected by this storm, first responders and those that will be volunteering in the days, weeks and months to come,” Bartlett said.
There is a need to donate to the organizations that will be helping and donations can be made to the Carroll Montgomery Baptist Association Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 461, Winona, MS 38968, or donations can be made to the North American Mission Board disaster relief at www.namb.net/send-relief.
Carroll Academy/North Carrollton Baptist Church
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Carroll Academy are assisting North Carrollton Baptist Church with the collection of items for Hurricane victims in Houston. They will be collecting for two weeks. Volunteers are needed at the church to help organize the items that come in, during the hours of 9-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. To volunteer, text Barbara Sheppard at (662) 858-0051.
First Baptist Church of Winona
Brenda Locke of First Baptist Church of Winona said as of now, a few supplies have been brought in.
“I think it is important to help others in times of need in disaster situations, because we would want and have received help in Mississippi when we’ve had disaster situations,” Locke said.
Donna Pearson of The Tracks said she worked during Hurricane George and during a flood in Lambert.
“I saw first-hand the devastation those people went through,” Pearson said. “Many of them had nowhere to go and no money to go anywhere. Some were scared if they left, then they would certainly come home to nothing after looters took everything. This is a time for prayers and donations to those in need.”
Pearson said several items have been donated so far. She does not know just yet if items collected at The Tracks will be donated to the Red Cross or to a local churches’ efforts.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been in the area a few days prior to the storm getting prepared for Hurricane Harvey. And they will be there for quite some time.
“A catastrophe of this size and magnitude will require UMCOR to be there for the long-term as UMC conferences address the urgent needs of those affected,” said Catherine G. Earl, MSW, Director of Disaster Response and U.S. Partnerships. “UMCOR will be with them every step of the way. Please pray for the millions of people affected by this disaster.”
Earl said UMC volunteers from these conferences are UMCOR’s feet on the ground, and they are actively responding to this ongoing and developing disaster.
Methodist churches throughout the area are encouraged to pray for the millions of people affected by this disaster and make a gift of any amount so UMCOR can provide the help they need to help rebuild lives.
For more information about how UMCOR is helping the relief efforts, go to http://www.umcor.org/.
The Red Cross
An area volunteer said supporting the relief efforts in Texas I as easy as texting the word: Harvey to 90999. There will be a $10 charge on the phone bill, and goes directly to the Red Cross.
“This storm will cost us billions in aid and .97 of every dollar goes to help those in need,” said Vicki Blanton, Red Cross volunteer.
This story was published in the Aug. 31, 2017 edition of The Winona Times.