Flood Relief Gratitude

On June 23, 2016, torrential storms brought one-day accumulated rainfall amounts of almost 10 inches to parts of West Virginia. The resultant flash flooding devastated communities such as Richwood, Rainelle and Clendenin. Lives were lost, homes were destroyed, schools were rendered unusable, and businesses closed. It’s hard to imagine how a community could recover from such a destructive event.

The late Fred Rogers, the familiar host of PBS children’s television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, advised parents to share the reassurance that his mother had given to him: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” After the flood, generosity flowed forth from West Virginia and from across the country. Volunteers arrived with willing hands and donations of supplies poured forth.

The United Methodist Foundation serves as the administrator of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Recovery Account. We also received online gifts for the Annual Conference’s Disaster Response efforts. The “helpers” gave thousands of gifts, and with them came phone calls, cards, and letters of grace and support.

I am a widow on Social Security, but I would like to share what I have....I hope that this check will give someone a ‘hug’ from Illinois. 

Enclosed is a donation collected thru community members in Rolesburg and matched by the Fire Department. 

I am a retired United Methodist pastor, and I want to make a sacrificial gift to the flood recovery. I’m sending you my house payment. 

The children at Cave Quest VBS would like to bless the flood victims from West Virginia with a gift from our VBS  offering. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.  (Children from Prosperity United Methodist VBS, Flintstone, Maryland) 

This isn’t a lot of money, but perhaps the Lord will multiply it.

The Lord does multiply the efforts of the helpers so that light shines in the darkness of devastation. Thanks be to God.