Sunday, November 04, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief
Since Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent superstorm smashed into the New Jersey and New York coastlines this past week, the images and news coming out of the region are truly heartbreaking. It's just like Hurricane Katrina, only this time in the heavily populated northeast.
I urge anyone with some extra resources to give toward helping the thousands if not millions of victims of this storm. I recommend The Salvation Army or the the Red Cross for disaster relief. Obviously, if your local church or denomination has a humanitarian aid capability or fund, by all means give to and support that.
But I do want to add a word of caution. As usual when things like this happen, the dregs of human society also come out from under their slimy rocks with the intention of ripping off the noble, generous-minded. Beware of scams. Beware of phone calls from telemarketers raising money for this humanitarian relief effort. Only give to organizations with a proven track record of trust, which is why I recommend the Salvation Army or Red Cross. Allow me to add one more—Rev. Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse organization. He has done stellar work with humanitarian aid and disaster relief around the world.
Situations like this are great times for the body of Christ—the church and Christians as individual believers—to demonstrate the love of our Savior in action. Pray for those who have lost all they have. I've been there, and it's heartbreaking. I am thankful for those who helped my family when my home burned in 2003. I think disasters will always touch my heart deeply for as long as I live.