What is being called the Snowpocalypse of 2021 continues as another winter storm slams into the eastern U.S. Following more than a week of bitter cold and snow, some Western and Southern states are still digging their way out, and more than a half-million people in Texas are still waiting for their power to be restored.
But as freezing conditions continue, various ministries have stepped up to help. Charisma News highlights a few of these here along with ways you can come alongside them with donations to support those most in need.
Today, Feb. 18, Convoy of Hope deployed several tractor trailers full of water and emergency relief supplies to help affected communities around Dallas and Houston. The trucks left for Texas from Convoy's World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri, early this morning.
Convoy of Hope trucks full of #water are en route to #Texas this morning in response to the sub-freezing temperatures and water crisis happening across the state. Follow us here and at https://t.co/Ohughq1oLf for more updates. pic.twitter.com/L2j4aMlxHV— Convoy of Hope (@ConvoyofHope) February 18, 2021
"Our partnerships with local churches and organizations are essential to our disaster relief efforts," said Nick Wiersma, vice president of disaster services for Convoy of Hope. "They enable us to respond quickly in times of crisis, and provide aid to those who desperately need it." Convoy of Hope encourages those who can help by donating to this vital cause to visit this link at convoyofhope.org.
The Salvation Army is also offering assistance in various locations to assist victims of the winter storm, posting on Twitter that it is "opening warming stations in communities where temperatures have reached dangerous lows" and encouraging those who are able to give at SalvationArmyUSA.org.
The Salvation Army is working tirelessly to continue providing the essentials to those in need.— The Salvation Army of Texas (@SalArmyTX) February 18, 2021
If you are able, please consider making a donation at https://t.co/wfmeEBP3l6 and join the work taking place throughout this winter. pic.twitter.com/7iRcfDPQ2E
Faith-based nonprofit Mercy Chefs USA, which serves "professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters," also deployed a team to Texas today, posting on Twitter that "The need is unbelievable, and we will do everything we can to help" as they asked for prayer:
We are heading to Dallas to respond to one of the largest disasters we've ever seen. The need is unbelievable, and we will do everything we can to help. Keep our team in your prayers! Be sure to keep an eye on our socials for more updates. https://t.co/fgbAGUWbv7— Mercy Chefs, Inc. (@MercyChefs) February 18, 2021
And Houston-based Somebody Cares demonstrated the heart of serving others as its president, Doug Stringer, found his own home and ministry without power this week but worked to supply area residents with needed relief information. Stringer posted the following video on the ministry's Facebook page today, offering safety precautions to those who might be using their cars to keep warm or need to turn off the water to their home because of freezing conditions as temperatures drop again tonight:
Fire Places when power off and and Water Valves if pipes break- Most homes should have a Shut off Valve either on the...Posted by Somebody Cares on Thursday, February 18, 2021
Please give to these ministries as God leads and you are able, and join the Charisma Media staff in praying for victims and volunteers alike.
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