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The North Central District of the Florida Conference is encouraging everyone to donate money to UMCOR. NO items are being collected right now since the full extent of the damage in the Bahamas is not yet known. Hurricane Dorian left flooding, demolished homes, ripped-apart marinas and severely damaged infrastructure. Bishop Ken Carter’s message regarding the disaster is in this video.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” said Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis. “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”

Contributions to UMCOR make the greatest impact and are the best way we can truly help our neighbors. Click here to support our neighbors.

FEMA and USAID are in the Bahamas now conducting search and rescue and lifesaving humanitarian missions. When this is complete, responding agencies and organizations will have a better idea of what, if any, material resources are needed. As of September 6, it is simply too early to have enough information to act.

We are working with our Bahamian partners and UMCOR. In the next few weeks, we will know what, if any, specific material resources are needed. This information, including how churches can help, will be communicated on the conference website, social media, through our district offices and with our local churches.

Click here for a Hurricane Dorian fact sheet.

In the meantime, please give generously to UMCOR International Disaster Relief to help the UMCOR Bahamas response. This link will take you directly to the Advance page to make a donation to International Disaster Response.