Florence and Michael giving made easier
October 16th, 2018 / By: Jane Rodgers | TEXAN Correspondent / comments
GRAPEVINE Giving to help victims of Hurricanes Michael and Florence just got easier. Anyone wishing to contribute to disaster relief efforts in those areas can do so through the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention website by clicking on the icon labeled “Donate to Hurricane Relief.”
Donors giving to hurricane relief may be assured that 100 percent of their designated gifts will go directly to support the out-of-state disaster response to Florence and Michael.
In fact, for a time, all DR gifts will be used for these storms, Joe Davis, SBTC chief financial officer, told the TEXAN.
“We are so glad to be able to help the affected states that were hit by Michael and Florence. These same states—North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama—sent us offerings during Harvey. We want to be a blessing to them in their time of need as we now send funds. The website button should facilitate that,” Scottie Stice, SBTC DR director, said, adding that the giving options were streamlined at the request of Jim Richards, SBTC executive director.
SBTC DR teams are serving or have recently served in the North Carolina communities of Wilmington, Wallace and Morehead City and the South Carolina towns of Dillon and Conway.
As of Oct. 13, SBTC DR was asked to deploy incident management, recovery, chaplaincy and feeding volunteers to Florence-affected Longs, So. Car., to relieve a DR team from Georgia that, along with teams from Florida and Alabama, had to disengage to minister in their home states.
As for Hurricane Michael, Florida, Alabama and Georgia Baptist DR teams have mobilized, and volunteers from Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky are expected soon as recovery operations commence, Stice said in a call-out requesting SBTC DR teams to deploy to either Longs or to continuing efforts in the Tarrant County communities of Forest Hill and Everman, flooded by late September storms.