As this has been a year of disasters, near and far, our church has been receiving many requests for donations. In August, the Outreach Committee sent donations to the following:
Doctors Without Borders, $500: This organization is on the ground in both Haiti and Afghanistan, where the needs are great.
Mercy Corps, $500: This group is reaching hard-to-access areas of the world like Syria, Yemen, and South Sudan, educating them with reliable information about Covid-19 vaccines. People in these areas, such as refugees, displaced families, and those living in conflict zones, are at risk of being left behind in Covid-19 vaccination efforts.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, $500: PDA is providing emergency relief to the impacted areas of Haiti as they struggle with heavy burdens of poverty and chronic hunger due to earthquakes and hurricanes.
St. Joseph’s Indian School, $250: Through a program to “fill a backpack with hope and possibility,” every $48 donation provides back-to-school clothing and supplies for one of the Lakota children.
Resurrection Episcopal Church in Sautee, $500: These funds are going toward forgiving the medical debt of qualified folks in rural North Georgia. Every dollar contributed forgives $100 of medical debt. The hope is to raise enough money to forgive $2 million dollars of debt.
Covenant Network of Presbyterians, $250: This group is continuing to work to achieve equity for people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities in all aspects of the church.
CEDEPCA, $500: This Guatemalan association works with the indigenous people. The Women’s Association that we help support is currently in crisis because of Covid-19.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, $500: These funds were designated to address flooding in New York and related needs.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, $500: These funds were designated for Hurricane Ida relief.
ASPCA, $250: These resources are helping provide emergency sheltering for cats and dogs displaced because of Hurricane Ida.