How you can help people on the Texas Gulf Coast now

Please see this below from Mobile Loaves & Fishes – best instructions I’ve seen for how to help victims of Hurrican Ike on the Texas Gulf Coast:

Dear Friend,

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is planning a relief trip into the Hurricane Ike impact area of the Texas Gulf Coast.  We are leaving Monday morning September 15 at 9:00 AM from the St. John Neumann Commissary.  We need your help!  Here’s how:

  1. We need financial resources.  These trips cost thousands of dollars (food, fuel, supplies etc.).  Please click here to donate and please forward this to your friends and family.
  2. Volunteers to travel with us on this trip.  This will NOT be an overnight trip.  We need about a dozen people to man the two food trucks and one logistics vehicle we plan to take.
  3. We need Make Ready volunteers to prepare the food and load the inventory on the trucks.  There are opportunities both on Sunday and on Monday morning.

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, September 14
St. John Neumann Commissary
903 South Capital of Texas Highway (www.mlfnow.org/directions)
2:00 PM

What you can bring:

  • Cases of bottled water
  • Gently used clean ice chests (you will never see them again)
  • Toiletries

The government and first reponders to Hurricane Ike have done an excellent job in these first few hours.  Now its time for Mobile Loave & Fishes to do what we do best….to serve those in need with dignity and compassion.  We can not do this without you.  You are the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves & fishes.

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Work the phones and help hurricane evacuees find help this weekend

Have you heard of 2-1-1? It’s like 4-1-1 except that it offers free, statewide, 24-hour access to health and human services and disaster information through its multilingual helpline.

As you can imagine, it’s a great resource for people all over southeast Texas who are being displaced by the hurricanes. They call to find out where to find shelter or food, how to get help moving special needs people, even how to get help moving pets.

Thanks to Gustav, the 2-1-1 line had a 300% increase in volume of calls over one weekend. And hurricane season is not over yet. You’re heard of Ike, right?

There are a couple of ways you can help:

The first is to make a donation to 2-1-1 so they can get the folks and other resouces they need to serve the people displaced by Hurricane Ike.

The second is to VOLUNTEER YOURSELF in Austin this weekend. There will be training, and all you need to get the job is the ability to care about people and help them find their way. If you’re bilingual, you’re especially needed. Just register with United Way Capital Area to get started.

OR if you are interested in becoming a Disaster Response Volunteer for 2-1-1 Texas, call 2-1-1 or email Kimberly Blackburn.

Thanks for your help!