April 13, 2023 – ARUMC Disaster Response Updates

We are grateful for the local churches who have been on the ground serving from the moment the storms ended on March 31. 

Some have served tirelessly since the tornado occurred. We give thanks.

Some have gathered with other churches and agencies to meet immediate needs. We give thanks.

Some have opened the doors of their churches and homes as places of refuge, places for donations, and places to welcome volunteers from out of state. We give thanks.

Some have made monetary gifts and tangible donations. We give thanks.

Some have hugged survivors and rocked their babies. We give thanks.

Some have fed and clothed neighbors. We give thanks.

Some have fed and cared for displaced pets. We give thanks.

Some are planning to serve in the future. We give thanks.

Some have traveled many miles to drop off donations. We give thanks.

Some have prayed fervently for all the survivors affected by this disaster. We give thanks.

WE GIVE THANKS for every act of service shown through disaster response.

This week, the Arkansas Conference welcomed disaster response teams from the Great Plains Conference and the Oklahoma Indian Conference. The Louisiana Conference will be sending volunteers in a few weeks.

FEMA registrations filed:

Cross County: 987

Lonoke County: 79

Pulaski County: 4,378

Ways to support ARUMC Disaster Response in Arkansas:

  • Give online to support the long-term United Methodist disaster response ministry in Arkansas. Please consider donating to ARUMC Volunteers in Mission/Disaster Response to keep funds local. Donations to UMCOR are always encouraged as well. 

Checks can be mailed to:

ARUMC Disaster Response

800 West Daisy Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202

  • Hands-on volunteers* (with good physical abilities) for heavy work in all areas:
    • Lifting and hauling
    • Prepping for rebuild and repairs to make homes safe, secure, and sanitary

*To volunteer contact the following:

Central Arkansas – Roy and Shelley Lee, Central District Disaster Response coordinators, cedisaster@arumc.org

Wynne area – Pastor Pam Lamb-Lee, Northeast District Response coordinator, pam.lamblee@arumc.org  

Dan Kersey, Southeast District Response Coordinator, hatcreekfarm@windstream.net

  • Donate items
    • Wynne (1st United Methodist Church, 800 Falls Blvd., Wynne) 
    • Pulaski County (Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn, ENTRANCES 1 & 7, Little Rock) Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm.
      • NEW (in packages) socks – all sizes
      • NEW (in packages) underwear – all sizes
      • NEW (in packages) t-shirts – all sizes
      • NEW containers of shampoo
      • NEW tubes of toothpaste
      • NEW, UNOPENED containers of pet food

All communication regarding response updates for the service areas (Jacksonville, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, and Wynne) will be provided on the Arkansas Conference website and Facebook and the ARUMC Volunteers in Mission and Disaster Response Facebook group. Follow these platforms to stay updated on all disaster response updates.

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