Thursday, September 01, 2005

Montgomery Area Donations Needed

I received the following e-mail from my congregation at Cornerstone Christian Church in Montgomery. If you would like to donate (or even just visit), please feel welcome to come this Sunday. You can find directions and such at the link above.

Not a one of has watched the news without feeling pain for the people of the Gulf Coast. The destruction is unimaginable and many are away from home and they don‘t know when they will return. Here in Montgomery we have thousands of refugees in shelters. Contact was made with the local Red Cross and with the directors at the shelters and we were told the people there are in dire need of several items. We have discussed how best to help the people that have lost so much, and once we learned of the need in the shelters, decided it would be best to work with them directly. You may have a charity you wish to donate to, but if not, here is the plan for Cornerstone.

Below is a list of items needed badly by the refugees. Please bring any of the items below to the church building Sunday. We will be collecting until 1PM. If you wish to make a monetary donation we will use the money to buy additional items as needed. This way we know that the people needing the help will receive it. If we find money is left over after we have dealt with the needs at Capitol Heights and Chisholm Community Centers it will go to an agency or group that we are sure will get 100% of it to those that need it. If you give a check please note it is for Refugee Relief.

Please pray for these people, all of those affected by this storm and those there risking their loves to help.

James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can his faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you don't give them what the body needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way faith, if it doesn't have works, is dead by itself. 18 But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.

- toiletries: deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, razors, shaving cream
- feminine products
- hand sanitizer
- baby wipes
- diapers sizes 3 and up (The ages of the young children at the Capitol Heights shelter range from 1 to 3 or 4 years of age)
- disposable sippy cups
- disposable bibs
- Snacks and food for toddlers (jar food, Gerber Graduates meals, Cheerios)
- wash cloths
- towels
- pillows
- Blankets
- Sleeping bags or anything to help make sleeping arrangements more comfortable (Chisolm Community Center needs desperately. They have no cots.)
- Snacks (non-perishable) and bottled water
- Crayons, coloring books, or other activities for young kids
- Magazines, other reading material, cross word puzzles, things to help pass the time

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