How people are helping in the wake of Sandy

Hurricane Sandy intensifies need for Connecticut homeless

LEDYARD, Conn. —Southeastern Connecticut Project Homeless Connect was welcomed to a new home on Friday, the Norwich Bulletin reports, and Gales Ferry United Methodist Church volunteers were pleased to be helping the less fortunate, especially soon after Hurricane Sandy. “It’s important to provide these services,” the Rev. James Hensley said during the event, which served about 300 people. “The need is all around us.”

Read more: Gales Ferry event helps homeless with haircuts, food, care

 

British Methodists make grants for Sandy aid

LONDON —The Methodist Church in Britain has agreed a grant of £18,000 ($28,763)in aid to support communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The grants made from the Church’s World Mission Fund will go to churches in Cuba and Haiti to help them rebuild their communities, the Ekkelsia website reported. The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s hurricane appeal will receive £3,000 ($4,794) to aid relief in the United States.

Read more: Methodist Church in Britain makes grants to victims of Hurricane Sandy

 

UMCOR Depot West sends supplies east

SALT LAKE CITY — An 18-wheeler semitrailer left the United Methodist Committee on Relief warehouse the evening of Nov. 2 for New York, hoping to give aid to those struck by Hurricane Sandy.”We’ve been prepared for a long time for an event like this,” the Rev. Brian Diggs told KSL-TV.

Read more: Methodist Church sends semitruck of cleaning supplies to NY


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