July 3, 2013

Disaster Relief Letter

BDM Logo-color.jpgDear Friends:
The Moore, Oklahoma tornado area has been overwhelmed with unneeded donated goods, and disaster response agencies have requested our help in stemming the tide.  Please help spread the word that in-kind donations are not needed in Oklahoma for the tornadoes!
If you hear of local drives for food, clothing, or other donated goods, please advise the organizers NOT to send additional donated goods into Oklahoma.  Instead of sending goods, several more helpful options are suggested:
•   Sell collected items and donate the cash to Brethren Disaster Ministries or other disaster relief organization.
•   Donate non-food items to local thrift stores or other nonprofits.
•   Donate food to local food banks, which might ultimately benefit Okla. via the Feeding America network, IF food is needed.
•   Donate blood.  Better yet, organize a blood drive at your church or workplace.
Please help the Moore, Okla. tornado relief effort by sharing this message widely! Thank you!
As a reminder, there is a general appeal for CWS relief kits which are collected at the Brethren Service Center warehouse here in New Windsor, Md.  Right now, supplies of Emergency Cleanup Buckets and Baby Care Kits are low and need to be replenished.  For instructions on kit assembly, see www.cwsglobal.org/kits
Jane Yount
Brethren Disaster Ministries, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776
800-451-4407, ext. 7     410-635-8730