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Friday, September 02, 2005

Helping Out

I got this email tonight and if you are in Northwest Arkansas, help is needed...

Hey all,

I know there have been many emails listing various ways to help with relief efforts. I have yet another immediate opportunity where help is desperately needed, should anyone be interested.

This coming Tuesday, 900 Refugees will be arriving at the Arkansas Baptist Assembly Grounds in Siloam Springs. Governor Huckabee has been coordinating with the LA Governor, the ABSC, and my office [Mission Northwest Arkansas] to open this place up as a shelter.

Volunteers are URGENTLY needed beginning Tuesday to help with registration, cooking, general administration, and other help and general duties. But they are not just needed that day. In the upcoming days, throughout the weekend, and in the weeks to come, MANY volunteers will be needed to continue with these duties to help in serving the refugees. With 900 people, you can imagine the amount of help that will be needed to serve them in various capacities. They will be staying at the campground for an undetermined, but lengthy period of time.

ALSO, specific items are immediately needed for these 900 people:

  • Blankets
  • Bed Pillows [must be new]
  • Twin Sheet Sets
  • Personal Hygiene items [toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant, razors, combs, feminine items]

These items can be dropped off in trailers located in the parking lots of First Baptist Church in Springdale and The Church at Pinnacle Hills in Rogers.

If you would like to volunteer to help at any time, you can email me at sarahh@fbcs.net or mnwa@fbcs.net. The information we need is your name, phone number [hm, wk, cell], and email address.

Please feel free to email this information to anyone you feel might like to help.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this email. This is an immediate way we can show love to hurting people by serving them during a time when they are desperate and needy. Perhaps as a result of being loved on by us and other volunteers, opportunities will open for the gospel to be shared and for people to receive Christ as their Savior! Even if you are unable to help physically with volunteering, or tangibly with items, you can definitely help by praying for these 900 people who have been displaced from homes that they most likely will never return to, many with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

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