Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

HOW YOU CAN HELP – 
HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE
At this time of great disaster our prayers are with all of those people affected by the hurricane and all of those helpers who are caring for them. Along with your prayers, here are some ways that you can help.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS
Grace Presbytery has set up a special fund. Please make your check out to Grace Presbytery and mark it for Hurricane Relief Fund. Send to Grace Presbytery, 6100 Colwell Blvd, Irving, TX  75039.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is welcoming donations. You can call 1-800-872-3282 or go to www.presbyterianmission.org/GIVE-HARVEY to make your donation. If you send a check to the PCUSA One Great Hour of Sharing, the account number is DR000169-Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is being managed by 
the Greater Houston Community Foundation.  Their website is www.ghcf.org.

If you are an animal lover, the 
SPCA of Texas is in need of donations to assist in their efforts to provide shelter to pets relocated.  www.spca.org/give orwww.spca.org/foster if you want to foster an animal.

The 
American Red Cross is another important partner that you can support financially.  www.redcross.org

MATERIAL DONATIONS
In the 
DFW area, Trusted World is accepting material donations at 15660 N. Dallas Pkwy from 3-8 pm.  These items go to the area shelters. Needed are new underwear and socks, warm ups, toiletries and hygiene products, baby formula, baby wipes, bottles, Graco Pack n Plays.  It is important to be cautious about material donations as it is easy to overwhelm shelters and responders with items not needed. Also, please do not use this as an excuse to clean out your closets. Check in your local area to find churches and community groups making collections and work through them.

PDA welcomes 
Gift of the Heart projects, hygiene kits or flood buckets. You can find out more www.pda.pcusa.org/page/kits.

Many animals and pets from the coast and Houston are being relocated to shelters around Texas. Check with you local shelter to see if they need donations. 


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas will be working with an ecumenical group to package ready-to-eat meals this coming Saturday, Sept. 2 at their church. You may contact the church for more information at 214-368-6348 or go to their website,www.phpc.org to register to help.

In the DFW area, there are 
four large shelters in Dallas and one in Fort Worth. They may need volunteers to work at the shelters. You may register athttp://voly.org/disaster.  At this website you can sign up and get a background check.

Again, there may be other smaller shelters in your area that are receiving evacuees, so check with your city or county governmental agencies.


If you are interested in sending work groups to central Texas or the Gulf Coast,please be patient. We have two PDA teams deployed there now. Travel is difficult. Conditions are dangerous in some areas. Search and rescue is still underway. There are few, if any, places for work teams to house. You may register your group at the PDA Call Center and they will let you know when opportunities are available.  1-866-732-6121, or pda.callcenter@pcusa.org.

You may sign your group up to work in Houston through 
Volunteer Houston, 713-685-2300 or http://volunteerhouston.org.

Please, do not just show up in a town or area with your work group and expect to find something to do. You must coordinate and register with PDA or another community or governmental group.  As cities and counties are in need of volunteers, they will post that need on their websites.


HOUSING
We have heard that there may be some Presbyterian churches in Grace that are 
housing storm refugees. If you have shower, cooking and sleeping facilities at your church, this may be possible. We would appreciate your letting Jan DeVries or Jim Reinarz  — if you let Jan (jan@gracepresbytery.org ) or Jim (jpreinarz@sbcglobal.net) know about this. 

There is a 
bulletin insert and worship helps available at the PDA website.
http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/tropical-storm-harvey/
So, check that out for this Sunday or ones in the future.
Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity


With the recent hit of Hurricane Harvey, we have had an influx of donations and are needing help getting them sorted and repacked so they are readily available for our Partner Agency Food Pantries. If you are available at the dates below, please go to http://tafb.org/volunteer/ to register. If you would like to bring a group of 5 or more, please first view our available opportunities then submit the Group Volunteer Request Form. The earlier dates and times you are able to fill up, the better!



Finally, if there are 
volunteer opportunities that you are aware of, please let us know so we can get the information out to the other churches in the presbytery.

We will try to keep you informed of other opportunities to give and serve.


Thank you for your steady prayers and participation in hurricane relief!


Rev. Jim Reinarz

FPC-Grand Prairie

Coordinator- Grace Presbytery Disaster Response Team

jpreinarz@sbcglobal.net

Rev. Dr. Janet DeVries (Jan)

Grace Presbytery

General Presbyter