Hurricane Sandy: The Church Responds

On Oct. 29-30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy's powerful gusts and storm surges caused once-in-a-generation flooding in coastal communities of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, leaving more than eight million people - including a large swath of Manhattan - in the dark.

Read the latest news about the Church's commitment to long-term recovery efforts below. Donate to the cause at UMCOR's website: Hurricanes 2012, Advance number 3021787. You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation.
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