A popular mission project for local church groups, flood buckets and hygiene kits provide essential products for survivors of floods, hurricanes, tornados, and fires. While the need for these relief kits still exists, how they are managed was recently changed by UMCOR.
Historically, these kits were sent to the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, LA, or the Depot West in Salt Lake City, UT. With the closure of Depot West in 2021, the focus was on sending supplies to Sager Brown. In a conference call in August, it was announced the distribution of relief kits was decentralizing from Sager Brown to affiliate locations recognized by UMCOR. Receiving and delivering the kits to survivors is now the responsibility of the regional warehouses. In a letter from the UMCOR General Secretary, Roland Fernandes, he states: “Those sending funds associated with the donation of kits may send such funds directly to the nearest affiliate, where those funds can be used by affiliate staff for purchase of supplies related to the relief kits.”
What this means for our conference is:
- Kits assembled by our local churches will remain in our conference at one of our three relief kit storage locations: Prescott, Phoenix, or Tucson.
- Before assembling relief kits, please contact the Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Tom Mattick (), as storage space is limited.
- As needed, our supplies can be shared with other conferences during a crisis.
- Funds for disaster relief can be sent to the conference treasurer designated for Disaster Relief or via the conference website: https://dscumc.org/secure/dsc-early-response-team-ert-donation/
While this is a change for our local churches, what doesn’t change is your heart for mission and helping the survivors of natural disasters.