Hurricane Sandy had a severe impact in the Caribbean, where it killed 69 people and destroyed or damaged more than 110,000 homes. Damages are particularly extensive in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica. The storm also affected as many as 60 million people in the United States and Canada, where assessments of the extensive damages and death toll are ongoing.
As millions are coping with the aftermath of Sandy, we hold all victims in our prayers. We grieve with those who have lost loved ones, pray for the first responders, and watch with those who have loved ones on the coast waiting without power. As the recovery efforts continue, United Methodists are there giving a helping presence, as well as donating cleaning buckets and health kits. We will continue to share our love through our tangible response and prayerful support.
The United Methodist Church and UMCOR have suggested the best ways you can continue to help with this disaster:
- Pray for those impacted by the storm and involved in disaster response.
- Give to UMCOR’s Advance for Hurricanes 2012. To donate, send your check to Wisconsin Conference UMC Treasurer for Fund no. 6027, Hurricanes 2012. You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation.
- For more information, follow UMCOR on Facebook or call 800-554-8583 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET.
- United Methodist Communications has partnered with UMCOR to create a bulletin insert to support the relief/recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Click here for color. Click here for black and white.
United Methodist News Service will continue to update information on recovery efforts as the information becomes available. You can stay connected by viewing the blog UMC Connections and the website UMC.org.
Peace and blessings,
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, PhD
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung has served as resident bishop of the Wisconsin Annual Conference since September of 2012. Prior to leading the Wisconsin Conference UMC, Bishop Jung served eight years as bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference (Chicago area).