American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

OGHS Funds Released
in Response to Hurricane Florence 

  

In response to Hurricane Florence, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has begun to release One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Emergency Disaster-response funds, on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA. 

ABHMS released $20,000 to American Baptist Churches of the South. Karen Baptist Churches USA (KBCUSA) will receive $5,000.

Making landfall Friday on the North Carolina Coast, the storm—at its peak a Category 4—brought destruction, fatalities and what news reports have called the highest rainfall total for any tropical system to strike the East Coast.

Evacuations were ordered in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Approximately 3,000 Karen and 800 Chin ethnic people live in North and South Carolina, according to KBCUSA. Flooding and falling trees have damaged 35 Karen homes in New Bern, N.C., and 30 Karen homes in Wilmington, N.C., KBCUSA further reports. While many Chin have evacuated to Georgia and Kentucky with friends and family, many Karen families have been taken in by Karen churches in Pennsylvania; upstate and metro New York; and Washington, D.C. KBCUSA has been sending donations to evacuees to purchase items for emergency needs as well as gas money to return home.

As recovery efforts continue, ABHMS expects to receive additional damage assessments.

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