When he heard that Louisiana was in a state of emergency due to massive flooding, Bishop Bill McAlilly called on the United Methodist Churches in the two conferences of the Nashville Episcopal Area to help. Just two weeks later, over $168,000 worth of supplies were collected and transported to Louisiana.
Both the Tennessee Conference (TNUMC) and the Memphis Conference collected supplies for this joint effort. On Monday, August 29, supplies were loaded on to a truck in Nashville at the TNUMC Conference Center. It then headed to stops in the Memphis Conference for more supplies before heading on to the United Methodist’s Sager Brown warehouse in Baldwin, Louisiana.
Amy Fuselier, Executive Director at Sager Brown, was thrilled to receive the supplies so quickly, “…you ALL Rock! What a blessing! The truck has already made it here and we are so happy to see them. Thank you all for doing God’s work. What a blessing!”
Because some of the donations came in at the very last moment on the 29th, a second truck was rented and filled, leaving Nashville two days later. This time, a request was made that the truck go directly to Baton Rouge where a TNUMC-trained Early Response Team was already onsite. The team was ready to assist in unloading the truck at the distribution center when it arrived.
The total value of donated supplies sent from the Nashville Episcopal Area was $168,481. It included the following:
Cleaning Buckets – 1,941
Health Kits – 2,511
Rakes – 108
Shovels – 123
Extension Cords – 223
Box Fans – 140
2 Gallon Sprayers – 103
Cash donations also were received for supplies as well as to help cover the cost for truck rental, gasoline, and other associated expenses.
The TNUMC Conference will continue to collect supplies through September 30 for the flood relief efforts. Items can be dropped off Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at 304 S. Perimeter Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37211. Financial donations can be made through UMCOR.org.
For anyone interested in joining onsite disaster response efforts, the Tennessee Conference is offering Early Response Team (ERT) training on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17. ERT’s provide emergency repairs and/or assistance to help people be safe, sanitary and secure until insurance and other help are available. For more information and to register, go to www.tnumc.org.
The TNUMC Disaster Response Coordinator, Angela Overstreet, can be contacted with any questions at 615-695-2765.