Gleaning for the World

Hurricane Dorian is now out to sea and Gleaning For The World is ready to support those needing help. Today they will be at Sam’s Club in Lynchburg, VA from 10am – 6pm.

They are  in particular need of the following items: canned foods, paper products, and shelter supplies. Financial donations go a long way, too.

Financial donations can be made online at GFTW.org, by clicking on the donate button, and by commenting “Dorian” on the donation form. Checks may be mailed to GFTW PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538 with “Dorian” written in the memo line.

Samaritan’s Purse

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s destructive path across The Bahamas, Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the critical needs of those affected by this storm. The powerful wake of Hurricane Dorian has left many facing uncertain days ahead. Lives have been lost, many have been injured and thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed. Samaritan’s Purse has mobilized disaster relief teams who are helping families caught in the aftermath of this storm. The need is great, and your support is crucial. Please pray for the people of The Bahamas who have suffered incredible loss and for our teams as we respond in the name of Jesus. You can help those affected by this devastating hurricane. For more information, go to Samaritan’s Purse DOT ORG or call 1-800-567- 8183. That’s 1-800-567-8183.

LU Send

In response to the recent damage and loss in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian, Liberty University announced multiple ways through which it plans to use its resources to help the nation.

President Jerry Falwell has approved a $25,000 donation to Camp Bahamas ministries to dispense to those affected by this storm, and a team from LU Send Now, Liberty’s disaster relief initiative, will be dispatched to serve the victims directly.

Camp Bahamas is a Christian youth camp in the Bahamas that also orchestrates mission opportunities. According to Nasser, the majority of the LU Send Now team will be comprised of Liberty students from the Bahamas so that they can reunite with their families and serve their homeland.

Liberty will also coordinate with the local relief organization Gleaning for the World and with Thomas Road Baptist Church in their recovery and outreach efforts.

Red Cross

As Hurricane Dorian continues to move along the U.S. coast, the American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people.

Millions of people live in areas that could be impacted by wind, rain, flooding, and a high storm surge. More than 1,900 trained Red Cross responders from all over the country are supporting relief efforts and coordinating with partners to help people seeking refuge in hurricane evacuation centers in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

HOW TO FIND A SHELTER If you live in Florida and evacuated for Hurricane Dorian, do not return until told it is safe to do so by local authorities. The Red Cross urges people in the path of Hurricane Dorian to follow directions from local officials and listen to local news for the latest updates on the storm as the storm moves north in the coming days.

Anyone who needs a safe place to go can find information for open Red Cross shelters in our free Red Cross Emergency App. Download the app by searching “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps.

Evacuation centers are intended to get as many people out of harm’s way as quickly as possible, and some of them may not have cots, food, running water or electricity, as they are meant to safely house people for about 72 hours until weather conditions improve. In time, and if needed, local officials may transition evacuation centers into emergency shelters after the storm passes.

People who plan to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items and important documents. Don’t forget to bring any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, or for family members who have unique needs.

Red Cross shelters are open to everyone in need, and don’t require people to show any kind of identification to enter a shelter — just their name and pre-disaster address.

More information on hurricane safety and preparedness is available here.

BAHAMAS RELIEF EFFORTS UNDERWAY Hurricane Dorian has already devastated the Bahamas, leaving behind catastrophic damage and affecting some 76,000 people. According to preliminary damage reports, more than 13,000 houses are believed to have been damaged or destroyed—equivalent to about 45 percent of all dwellings on Abaco and Grand Bahama.

With access to the battered islands slowly beginning to open up, the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Bahamas Red Cross have started rolling out a major emergency relief effort. There is a rapid assessment and response team on standby – they will move in today to join previously deployed team members. They will focus on emergency shelter and urgent needs. Red Cross volunteers and staff will also distribute meals and food rations to people who may have gone without food in days, before shifting their focus to distributing cash grants.

Bahamas Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground since day one with pre-positioned relief supplies—such as tarps, hygiene items, jerrycans, and hand-crank cell phone chargers. Additional relief supplies are being loaded at an international logistics hub in Panama and will move as soon as the airports are up and running.

LOOKING FOR A LOVED ONE? People concerned about US Citizens traveling in Bahamas should contact the US State Department Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747.

HOW YOU CAN HELP You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance.

Donations made in support of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas will be gratefully accepted by the American Red Cross and applied to our work on this disaster. For those interested in helping people specifically in the Bahamas, we ask that they write “Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas” in the memo line of a check and mail it to their local Red Cross chapter with the completed the donation form at redcross.org/donate.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD Hurricane Dorian has forced the cancellation of nearly 50 Red Cross blood drives and donation centers in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina resulting in more than 1,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations. We urge eligible individuals in unaffected areas to give blood or platelets to ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood donations following a summer shortage. In addition to cancelled blood drives, we anticipate low blood donor turnout in and around affected areas due to poor weather conditions this week.
Schedule an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).