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October 11, 2016

What are we doing in Louisiana?

The people of Louisiana have been devastated by flooding: thousands lost everything they had. With our support the Church of the Brethren has provided:

1. Care for children and families who have been displaced by flooding and are living in American Red Cross shelters, by five teams of volunteers from Children’s Disaster Services (CDS). For over 35 years, Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in disaster shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a safe, calm and reassuring presence in the midst of chaos such as the massive flooding in Louisiana.

2. Clean-up buckets and baby care kits through shipments of relief supplies on behalf of Church World Service (CWS) from the Church of the Brethren’s Material Resources Center in New Windsor, Maryland. (At least 1,400 clean-up buckets and 100 cartons of baby care kits were provided.) The Material Resources Center warehouses and ships relief goods on behalf of ecumenical partners and humanitarian aid organizations.

To support this and similar relief efforts, donations can be made, either online at www​.brethren​.org/​edf or by check to Emergency Disaster Fund, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dun-dee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120.

- Ray Leckrone, for the Outreach Ministry Team