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South Georgia Conference sends $20,000 to aid tornado victims


A deadly string of tornadoes left a trail of devastation and ruin across six Midwestern and Southern states Dec. 10-11. Homes, businesses, churches, and lives were lost.

The South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church is responding with support by sending $20,000 of disaster response funds to the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference, led by Bishop Bill McAlilly, to help those on the ground meet immediate needs. 

“We are overwhelmed with the generosity of the people of South Georgia,” said Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye, pastor of missions and outreach at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. and a member of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Disaster Response Team. “Portions of our conference have been hit hard repeatedly with a variety of storms, from the March 2020 tornadoes to the straight-line winds and derecho later that year to devastating flooding in Waverly and Metro in March 2021 and now the latest tornadoes of December 2021. It is easy to get discouraged, but the response of United Methodists from across the connection and the faithfulness of the God we all serve keep us going. Your funds will help both in the immediate cleanup and in the long-term recovery that will take months. The United Methodists through our local churches and through UMCOR stay long after the cameras and attention move to other disasters. Thank you.”

South Georgia United Methodists have shown in previous similar disaster response situations that they have a desire to walk alongside those in need. Conference leaders invite those who are able to give a monetary donation to the Conference’s disaster response special offering. 100 percent of the donations will be sent to the Tennessee-Kentucky Conference. Click here to give online. Donations may also be given through local South Georgia United Methodist churches. Local churches will then send the money to the Administrative Services Office. Money may also be directly earmarked for Conference Advance Special #6798 and mailed to Administrative Services, PO Box 7227, Macon, GA 31209.

Financial donations may also be given to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) through this link (US Disaster Response and Recovery #901670). UMCOR will be on the ground and assisting devastated areas. 100 percent of the donations help those directly affected.

Our district disaster response coordinators are currently working to coordinate teams. Those interested in serving in affected areas should contact their District Disaster Response Coordinator.

Please do not send goods or supplies at this time. If specific material needs are requested, they will be shared. Monetary donations are the best way to help from afar.

Bishop Graves requested South Georgia United Methodists pray for all who experienced loss or trauma from the storms.

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