Hurricane Sandy Relief

  This week, disaster struck a familiar place. In Princeton, wind damaged buildings, downed trees, closed roads, and disrupted utilities. While electricity has been restored to the Seminary’s main campus, the married student housing complex will be without power for several more days, leaving some seminarians scrambling to provide food and warmth for their children. Trinity Presbyterian, where I interned in the mid-1980s, served as East Brunswick’s only emergency shelter for evacuees during the first four nights following the storm. Yesterday, city hall opened to sell five gallons of gas to each resident to keep their home generators powered. Large as these problems may seem, they are dwarfed by the challenges faced nearer the Jersey shore.

 As you absorb news about Hurricane Sandy, remember that the Presbyterian Church (USA) already is active and involved in relief efforts. The work of Trinity Presbyterian’s Disaster Relief Team and others like it is supplemented by volunteers representing the National Response Team and by funds from our annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Therese and I have made a gift to the American Red Cross, and we’ve also made a gift to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  We’re proud to be connected with so many Presbyterians who put their faith in action, and provide assistance during times of crisis.

 Historically, PDA ranks high among disaster relief organizations in terms of percentage of gifts used for direct aid. If you would like to support PDA, you may write a check to First Presbyterian, noting on the memo line or envelope: “Hurricane Sandy Relief.” You may give ten dollars directly to PDA with a simple text message: type the three letters “PDA” in the message box, and type the five digits “20222” in the “To” box. After sending, reply to the confirmation message with the word “YES.”

 As we offer our support and prayers to Hurricane Sandy victims, let’s also remember the One who gives us the ability to serve as ambassadors of healing and peace: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

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~ by JohnH1962 on November 3, 2012.

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