If you’ve ever wondered what best personifies “volunteer,” look no further than the people of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and its umbrella organization, Global Ministries. Since 1940, they have been responding to natural and manmade disasters around its communities and around the world.

The numbers of disasters in the last few months have been mind-boggling, and many of us may feel the need to help, but don’t really know what we can do. That’s where UMCOR can help with some suggestions on www.umcor.org.

First and foremost, of course, continue to pray for those whose lives have been affected, as well as Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and the many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief.

Make hygiene kits, school kits and cleaning kits. Putting together one of these kits would make a great family or church group activity, and a hands-on opportunity to volunteer and help make a difference in someone’s life after a catastrophe. A materials list and shipping information for the each of the kits are detailed on www.umcor.org. Just click on Relief Supplies at the top and find the information you need.

Partner with UMCOR in responding to the needs of communities and individuals affected by the recent storms by giving to U.S. disaster response – Advance #901670, or non-U.S. territories and international disaster response – Advance #982450. One hundred percent of all gifts goes directly to disaster relief. To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources – Advance #901440. Note in the memo line which Advance number you are giving to. Mail to Advance GCFA, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068.

To read more about the works of the church and UMCOR, visit www.umc.org and www.umcor.org.

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