We have spoken with the Central Oklahoma Red Cross and they stated they are only accepting monetary donations for the relief efforts. It is cheaper to buy the materials overseas rather than collecting them here in the States and shipping them overseas. We have also contacted the UCC East Asia and Pacific Partner Relations Ministry Team and we are awaiting a response back.
In the meantime, this is what you can do to help those in Japan and the Pacific:
- GIVE generously to support emergency relief and rebuilding efforts by making a secure online donation right now.
- Gifts may also be made at your local UCC congregation marked for “Pacific earthquake/tsunami” with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
- Donations may also be made out and sent directly to Wider Church Ministries, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
- Donate to a well recognized organization, CNN has a listing here.
For the wild fires that also took place Friday here in Oklahoma, the Central Oklahoma Red Cross is looking for the following:
- Mens Leather Work Gloves
- Contractor Heavy Duty Trash Bags
We will be collecting these items before and after our 6pm Sunday worship services.