There are many reputable relief organizations that are requesting donations to help with disaster recovery that will surely be needed for many months and years to come.  But there are also some who will prey upon the well-intentioned by siphoning donations or spending the money poorly.  If you have an agency you already trust, that’s great.

Give generously!  Two avenues through church organizations are our own UCC Disaster Relief  Ministries and Church World Service. Both are organizations proven trustworthy, they utilize the network of churches already on the ground in these places of disaster, and they target the funds and aid to the particular disaster you specify.  Church World Service is the ecumenical network that we often support with Blankets Plus Sunday and our annual CROP Walk.

The United Church of Christ web site suggests several things you can do to help with relief efforts:

  1. Pray for all the families and individuals affected by this tragedy, including the rescue, relief, and medical workers.
  2. Make a monetary contribution for ongoing emergency and relief efforts.
  3. Consider gathering items to send in CWS Emergency Kits (emergency buckets, hygiene kits, school kits).

When one suffers, we all suffer.  When one is lifted up, we all rejoice.  And may God be praised through every generous, caring act of love.