Now, church members are asked to help replace Holston's emergency stockpile, stored at Project Crossroads in Marion, Va.
"We delivered 540 buckets and about 100 bottles of Clorox to the staging area in Beaver, West Virginia," the Rev. Harry Howe, Project Crossroads director, said on June 27. "They were excited to receive these as they wait for a larger shipment from Sager Brown. Thank you, Holston, for making this possible."
Jim Fetzer, Holston's disaster response coordinator, said that district offices are now receiving buckets stocked with cleaning supplies in preparation for future disasters.
"As we are delivering these cleaning buckets, we need to replace our supply with at least 500 new cleaning buckets," Fetzer said. "Please ask your respective districts and churches to begin the process of making new cleaning buckets according to the UMCOR web page describing the size of the buckets and the contents."
"Health Kits" are needed as well, Fetzer said.
Early Response Teams (ERT) have not yet been called to aid flood victims, but Holston mission leaders expect to hear the request soon, the Rev. Michael Sluder, connectional ministries director, said on July 1.
On June 23, parts of West Virginia saw 9 inches of rain in a matter of hours, causing some of worst flooding the state has seen in three decades. The floods claimed 23 lives and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes.
West Virginia churches cope, help after historic floods (UMNS, 6/28/16)