In an e-mail to the members of Friends General Conference’s Central Committee today, FGC’s General Secretary, Barry Crossno, shared the following:
In the FGC office we’ve received a number of inquiries about the status of gulf coast Friends and how Friends can assist. So I thought important to share this with you so you can share with Friends in your yearly meetings as you think appropriate.
Today, we received a message from Liz Yeats, the Clerk of SCYM-South Central Yearly Meeting, regarding Friends and Quaker meetings that are located in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. She writes: “So far Friends in SCYM affected by Harvey are in safe places, no one has suffered injury and are working hard to take care of one another and others…no meeting houses have been harmed. Coastal Bend Friends meet in rented space.”
When it comes to immediate needs, Liz mentioned that “First and foremost, Friends in the affected areas are asking for our prayers…Sending […] Light and Love comes first. It really helps.” If Friends feel led to make a donation to help the general population of Houston, especially those with less than most Friends, Live Oak Friends Meeting has suggested giving through this group: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-3833118145683060992?midqs=-8534321293867089920
For Friends who want to give specifically to Friends in need, Liz shared that Live Oak is discerning setting up a fund for suffering and SCYM will steward the funds. “There are Friends in Live Oak who have damage to property. There is at least one Friend in Coastal Bend Meeting in Corpus Christi who had damage to her home, don’t know how much, and there may be more in Baton Rouge and New Orleans as this crisis continues.
Friends who wish to give can mail their donation in the form of a check to:
Live Oak Friends Meeting, 1318 W 26th St Houston TX 77008
South Central Yearly Meeting, 9835 Greentree St, San Antonio, TX 78230
**Please write “Hurricane Relief” in the Memo field of your check.**
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