A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti Aug. 14. More than 136,800 buildings were damaged or destroyed. More than 2,250 people died, with 12,763 injured and 329 people still missing. Marvin Church immediately responded with the donation of 126 water filters that we had in storage. As of the writing of this article (Sept. 11), we’ve collected more than $5,000 for UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) for direct help in Haiti.
This category 4 hurricane became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike the state of Louisiana. It impacted Louisiana and other states from Aug. 26 through Sept. 4. Marvin Church became a collection center for material donations not only from our church members, but also from Methodist churches around East Texas. We collected $50 Walmart gift cards to be given to Methodist families impacted by the storm.
We are continuing to collect for both of these needs. We anticipate taking a Marvin Menders rebuilding trip in early 2022 to work on Louisiana Methodist churches that need our help. If you want to be on the interest list for that trip, contact Melissa Brigman.