On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma has brought flood waters, loss of power, and general havoc to the southeastern United States. After causing widespread devastation across the Caribbean, Irma’s damage to the mainland U.S. was—in some ways—not as grave as expected.
However, for a storm as big as Irma, this still means many places were damaged by flood waters and high winds. We are receiving word from Holy Trinity Anglican and Grace Anglican (both in the Jacksonville, FL area) of damage to their communities. We expect to get more reports in the coming days from others as power is restored and the damages assessed.
Effectively working through the local church
Fortunately, the local church is in a position to reach out to those in need. In Houston, Church of the Apostles has organized a backpack drive, where volunteers can fill backpacks with necessities for kids and families who are struggling to regain a sense of normalcy after losing so much to Harvey.
In Florida, Grace Anglican Church is coordinating clean-up crews and is in need of strong equipment—and strong backs! All Souls Anglican Church (also in Jacksonville) is mobilizing to help in recovery efforts. Follow us on Facebook where we will post ongoing needs and opportunities as we receive them.
Share a story, encourage a donor
And if you have an Irma story to share, please let Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org know! When others can see God working in the midst of a crisis, everyone is encouraged.
Help from afar
Even if you live far from Florida you can support the local church in their community efforts with your donations to ARDF. We are partnering with several dioceses in the affected regions so as to get aid to the places that need it most.