Here's what some of the UMC churches are doing to help their communities
From Northern Kentucky District's Disaster Response Team:
Greetings on behalf of the NKY District Disaster Response Ministry Team,
We first ask for your continued prayers for all of the communities and first responders that are currently impacted by the severe flooding in Eastern KY.
Secondly, here is a quick update on what we can do as a district to offer assistance at this time.
We have received requests to provide:
- Flood Buckets https://umcmission.org/umcor-cleaning-kit/
- Hygiene Kits https://umcmission.org/umcor-hygiene-kit/
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Brooms, Mops, Squeegees
- Diapers/Infant Supplies
- Non-Perishable Snacks/Food (Canned items must have a pop-top lid)
Yesterday, Rev. Todd Smith was able to take 50 of our 73 on-hand flood buckets to Pikeville First UMC using a truck provided by UMC Foods via Rev. Larry Karow! Thank you to all of the churches/individuals that provided those buckets in the past.
We now need you and your churches to help us send more supplies to Eastern KY as soon as possible as well as replenish our stockpile of flood buckets to be distributed as needed in the future. To make it easier for churches to deliver the requested donations for immediate need, we have established drop-off locations throughout the district as follows:
August 3 (Wednesday):
District Event at the Y’all’s Ball Game
6-6:30 PM South Parking Lot (Go past the stadium after you enter)
Look for Bev Ketron (Silver Silverado Truck) or Todd Smith (White Silverado Truck)
(After 6:30, please call Bev Ketron at 859-907-1577 or Todd Smith 270-378-0160)
Fridays 8am-10:30am, 1pm-4pm (Cutoff Date is August 26)
For other times contact Rev. Bobby Stinnett:
Monday 9am-1pm; Wednesday 6:30pm-8pm; Saturday 10am-12pm (Cutoff Date is August 26)
For other times contact Rev. Laura Barkley
Immanuel UMC Boone County Campus
Contact Rev. Chad Brandt for appointment (Cutoff Date is August 26)
(989) 965-0977 C
Carrollton Area - Carrollton Probation and Parole Office
1209 Highland Ave. Suite U
Carrollton, KY 41008
Thursdays (excluding August 4) 5:30pm-6:30pm (Cutoff Date is August 26)
NO OTHER TIMES AVAILABLE.
Please contact Melissa Smith upon arrival and/or if you are going to be late.
District Event at Kincaid State Park
Day: Saturday, August 27, 2022
Kincaid Lake State Park Picnic Pavilion
565 Kincaid Park Rd.
Falmouth, KY 41040
Flood buckets and hygiene kits will be welcomed on an on-going basis. Please contact Bev Ketron at (859) 907-1577 or email@example.com to arrange pick-up/drop-off for future donations past this immediate drive.
Thank you and blessings to each of you and your churches.
From Jody VanSickle in Campton, KY:
"Just a quick update. I have spent several hours today running between all three schools. Spirits are high and the people are so grateful to be there. I have been able to pray with several of them, and we have gotten them clothes, towels, snacks, over the counter medicines, batteries, and other items as needed. The folks here at the church have really stepped up and helped out.
At this time we have heard that the Perry Co shelters are being overwhelmed and they may begin busing people here to Wolfe Co. - possibly as many as 80-100. Emergency services have been wonderful. T-Mobile is setting up phones with phone cards to help people communicate with loved ones. One of the cola companies is bringing soda and Kroger in Stanton is helping with food. I have also been able to give Bibles to people. We may be asked to use our church fellowship hall as an overflow shelter as the high school can only take about 80 more people. We are directly in front of the high school and they would be able to go there to eat and shower. I am in the process of getting I touch with my administrative council members for their thoughts.
Thank you all for your prayers.
According to Jody VanSickle, Breathitt County was hit very hard and has sent people to Wolfe County. Wolfe County High School is housing displaced people without pets. Campton Elementary is housing displaced people with pets. Wolfe County Middle School has folks evacuated from a nursing home. Perry County is overwhelmed. There is no working water and 80-100 people may still need to be evacuated.