As you know we have had a busy year and as always we are in need. Please take a few minutes and read our newest newsletter update.
Take time to watch our video that tells about some of the latest Shoe Box projects.
Shoe Box Ministry
Some images from the warehouse and area during the recent storms.
Do you ever wonder how many people can be sheltered at the warehouse. Well, the answer is it will easily hold 30 people – check out our storm shelter.
Is your church or volunteer group looking for an opportunity to serve children? Check out our new pdf listing and start now to get boxes ready for Christmas giving.
The weather is going to get rough tonight with wind advisories. We have a group of nine people from Georgia arriving and staying for three day. We will be picking up supplies from Jacksonville, Alabama and then back to Decatur.
We are also in need of 8′ furring stripes to hold tarps on roofs. They can be finished or straight from a saw mill. Please contact us if you can help us. Be safe tonight and thanks!
Thankfully the storms were not as bad as predicted. But there were some who received damage and we will serve them as needed. We are adding another bucket to our list.
The tornado bucket was created by our drivers returning from delivering disaster supplies. The drivers came back saying: “They are asking for things the Red Cross and the Salvation Army do not have. Nobody has these thing for distribution.”
We did NOT think anything about this until five (5) weeks later when our drivers returned from another tornado with the same story. We said: “Sit down and tell us what they need.” Here is the list for a 5-gallon Tornado bucket:
We are very grateful for the love and service of so many that enable us to jointly respond to the basic survival needs of so many.
Check this site for any changes in operating hours and for NEW scheduling guidelines.
Emergencies: call (256).642.1759.
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.” John Wesley
New Scheduling Procedures
We depend on the generous donations and time from our donors and volunteers. To ensure the efficient operation of our time and yours, we request that you schedule all drop offs in advance.
General Donations –may be dropped off during normal operating hours.
Donations/Deliveries (involving a truck or trailer of any kind) – Must be scheduled as early as possible, and not less than 24 hours in advance. For larger deliveries, this is essential to assure that the warehouse can be staffed with volunteers who are trained/skilled at assisting you at the time you need to have your delivery unloaded, and if necessary, to schedule an alternate delivery time. If you do not schedule at least 24 hours in advance, we cannot guarantee that the warehouse will be open for your delivery. Please be courteous of our volunteers and give them as much lead time as possible.
Deliveries from 18-wheeler trucks – it is required that you schedule your drop off/unloading so that we can assure to have trained personnel on site. We receive a lot of last minute calls from trucks en route with deliveries arriving at odd times and days.
For your safety and our liability, please contact 615-341-9961 to schedule your delivery at least 48 hours in advance.
In order for us to be able to prepare activities for you and to maximize your volunteer experience, please schedule your group at least 1 week in advance by contacting 256-341-9961 or email RayLCr@aol.com.
This will enable us to prepare supplies/activities for you group, so that we operate with efficiency and make wise use of your time and ours. Having multiple large groups showing up impromptu guarantees a mediocre experience for all. We want this to be a GREAT experience for your group, and appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
No open toed shoes and minimum age is 12. Age requirements may vary with Vacation Bible Schools with additional adult supervision.
The average age of our volunteers is 74. We have sit down jobs as well as stand up jobs. Work rooms are heated and air conditioned.
Volunteers drove two-an-a-half hours one way from Olive Grove, MS to help the less fortunate.
On September 4, 2017 a full truck load of disaster relief supplies left the United Methodist Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur, AL for victims of Hurricane Harvey. They were shipped to Christ UMC in Sugarland, Texas.
A second shipment went to St. Luke-Simpson UMC in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As Hurricane Harvey survivors begin the recovery process. Other states are bracing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma and following it, Hurricane Jose.
We know that churches only have so much budgeted for disasters. Hurricane Irma is reported to be the largest hurricane in history and right behind that is Hurricane Jose. Methodists are working together as these storms approach Americas coast lines.
The items we are collecting are designed to help people get back into their homes as soon as possible. (See the list of needed items below.)
However, we have to remember that anything that is given to a victim can become a storage problem if it goes beyond the necessary items for cleanup. I they are living in a shelter or civic building, they have no storage at all. Please keep this in mind as you decide what your contribution can be. When their homes are again livable, they can accept items to live a “new normal life.”
At this time, let’s try to get these people back into their homes by Christmas. Then they will need furnishing, etc. But for now, let’s help them get back into their homes.
Please re-double your efforts to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
UM Disaster Warehouse
3220 Highway 31 South
Decatur, Alabama 35603
We are responding with the following supplies:
Box Fans (To dry out houses following flooding)
25’ heavy duty extension cords (To move the fans around inside homes)
2 & 3 gallon garden sprayers (to fight mildew and mold)
Flat billed shovels (removal of mud, wet carpet, pads, sheet rock, insulation, etc.)
Rakes (removal of tree limbs, leaves and muck from inside home and yards)
Wheel barrows (2 wheeled, so they will not turn over going to the street)
** 3 M mask respirators Series “N 95” numbers 100, 8293, 8200, 8511, & 8210 (to protect residents and workers while working in mildew and mold. This item is our greatest need.)
Conference communictions people, please disseminate the following information to all your conference churches immediately. Thank you!