How Can I Help?

How to Help Immediately

The Rio Texas Conference has put out an urgent call for products that kill mold - specifically Shockwave and Concrobium. As the clean-up efforts get underway in the Coastal Bend area of the Rio Texas Conference, mold is increasingly becoming a problem. Products to kill the mold are an immediate need and in very short supply in the affected areas. Anyone wishing to assist in providing products to kill this mold are asked to buy the cleaning products online and have them shipped directly to Victoria, Texas where the Rio Texas Conference has secured a temporary space to store these product donations. By ordering online instead of collecting and delivering in person, the products will get to the area of need faster and allow for more orderly delivery. These products are available on (Shockwave and Concrobium) and the Home Depot (Concrobium) and Lowe's (Concrobium) websites. Please send the cleaners to FUMC Victoria, 407 North Bridge, Victoria, TX 77901.
While it is imperative to practice patience in the early stage of any disaster, this unprecedented and still very active event remains quite dangerous. Everyone, including trained ERTs are strongly urged to stay away from the affected areas until invited by state and/or federal officials. Of course, there are ways that local churches and individuals can immediately help:
  • First and foremost, Pray! Pray for the people involved, including the first responders and other relief workers! 

  • Make Cleaning Buckets (formerly called flood buckets)  The information on how to build cleaning buckets is available The information on how to build cleaning buckets is available here.  Please note that the instructions for building cleaning buckets found on the UMCOR website include a requirement that all U.S. insignia be removed. This has been a cause of frustration for many people. Please ignore this requirement. This requirement is for overseas shipments only as the U.S. insignia on international aid can cause the whole aid shipment to be discarded. Cleaning buckets are now only distributed within the United States.

  • Make Hygiene Kits – Much like Cleaning Buckets, these kits will be in high demand and short supply as soon as the recovery efforts get underway. Please go here for Hygiene Kit information and instructions.

    • The Central Texas Conference (CTC) will be sending a supply trailer to the disaster sites ready for cleaning buckets and hygiene kits very soon. These will primarily be sent to the Texas Conference’s warehouse in Conroe so that they are available as teams go into the impacted areas. If you have Cleaning Buckets ready to go, please get them to First Methodist Mansfield (777 N. Walnut Creek Dr., Mansfield, TX) by 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. They will receive donations until 5 p.m. today and beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow. The trailer should be in their main parking lot.  However, if it not there, please go to the Wesley Missions Building located on the east side of their campus.

      You can deliver buckets and kits to any of our CTC Kit Depots. Here is a list of our Central Texas Conference Kit Depots. It is imperative that you call the contact listed below before dropping off your built kits. 

      • North: LifePoint UMC (12501 US Hwy 287, Fort Worth)   Contact: Bob Hegeman - 785-817-5117
      • Central: Hillsboro FUMC (315 E. Elm, Hillsboro)   Contact: Kim Mays in the Hillsboro FUMC Church Office - 254-582-2342
      • South: Tenth Street UMC (410 W. 10th St., Taylor)  Contact: Travis Summerlin - 512-352-2244
      • West: Mini-Depot: Comanche FUMC (217 E. Grand, Comanche)  Contacts:  Sharla Cox - 325-356-2120 (M-Th 9am-Noon & 1-5pm/Friday 9am-1pm) and Kevin Morton - 325-220-1717
  • Collect financial donations. Any monetary donations received by the local churches should be sent to the Central Texas Conference Service Center c/o Hurricane Relief 3200 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, Texas 76105. Please note that it is important for you to make your check(s) payable to the Central Texas Conference and put Hurricane Relief in the notation area of the check. The CTC Finance team cannot deposit checks made out to UMCOR and has to mail those checks directly to UMCOR which delays your contributions getting to those who need them. When calling for and collecting donations, please remind folks that 100 percent of their donations will go to the relief and recovery efforts, with zero to UMCOR admistration costs thanks to UMCOR Sunday giving (formally One Great Hour of Sharing). You can give directly to the UMCOR Advance online here.

  • Collect gift cards.  Gift cards for evacuees and/or ERTs and other first responders have proven to be very helpful and welcome. While any amount is appreciated, $50 or $100 cards to stores like Walmart, Target have proven to be the most popular and best resource.