Update from President Paavola 4.30.14
The Tornado Tragedy in Arkansas: How Mid-South District Members Can Help
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Yesterday, I had a chance to visit the communities affected by the devastating tornadoes of Sunday evening. The Mid-South District is now prepared to respond in the most positive way for those who have suffered physical and property damage, and those 16 who lost their lives in the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas.
The LCMS Disaster Relief team from St. Louis was onsite last night, beginning their work. We can now begin assembling goods, household products and able-bodied people to respond to our member families, their neighbors, and the others in the communities affected.
PERSONNEL FOR CLEAN-UP
Starting today, Peace Lutheran Church will be designated as the coordination point for relief workers wanting to provide clean-up. All our efforts will be coordinated through Peace who will make proper arrangements with local county disaster coordinators, the Red Cross, and law enforcement. Peace Lutheran Church and Pastor John Gierke will serve as the point of contact for those who are willing to bring work teams in for the clean-up efforts. Pastor Gierke’s contact information is: Rev. John Gierke, Peace Lutheran Church, 800 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway, Arkansas 72034; phone 501-329-3854; email Rev. Gierke. Peace Lutheran will also be a “Drop-Off” site for any donations of goods you may wish to donate to the relief effort.
DONATION OF GOODS
The other “Drop-Off” sites that avoid the congestion on I-40 between Little Rock and Mayflower include Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church (449 Millwood Circle, Maumelle, AR) and Christ Lutheran Church (315 South Hughes Street, Little Rock, AR).
Those who wish to provide financial support for the relief effort may send their contributions to the Mid-South District Tornado Relief Fund, 1675 Wynne Road, Cordova, TN, 38016.
My thanks to Pastors Pete Ave-Lallemont, Dan Houser, John Gierke, Kevin Conger, David Mohr, and Tim Hennings for their assistance in this effort. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Sincerely yours in Christ +
Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola, President
Mid-South District, LCMS
Disaster Relief Red Cross Donation List
D cell batteries
Feminine hygiene products
Rolls of quarters
NO TOOTHPASTE OR TOILET PAPER
Portable freezer – to place ice and food in.
Sausage and eggs
Cookies and other sweets
Prepackaged condiment utensils
Foam ice chests
Plastic storage bins