Event to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane
The Wesley Foundation of Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist Universities along with members of the Arkadelphia community are stepping forward to assist victims who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
A Harvey Relief Packing Party will be held at First United Methodist Church, located at 107 N. 9th Street in Arkadelphia, on Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
In addition to the HSU/OBU Wesley Foundation, First United Methodist Church of Arkadelphia and First Presbyterian Church of Arkadelphia are partnering to host the event.
According to Rev. William Cato, senior minister of First United Methodist Church, members of First United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches, students from Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University will work together to pack flood clean-up buckets and health kits for Hurricane Harvey victims.
“Students are expected to pack at least 50 buckets and 250 health kits,” said Cato.
In addition, Cato said staff with Atwoods, Hardman Lumber and Walmart are making donations to the event.
“We are contacting other local businesses as well,” said Cato.
According to Cato, the event has expanded to include packing 10,000 meals for relief work.
Church members and various local businesses have donated to the cause. The buckets and kits will benefit the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
In addition, church members will serve a free dinner for the volunteers. The event will
close with a student-led worship service and a blessing of the supplies.
According to Cato, local residents can get involved by making monetary contributions to First United Methodist Church or to First Presbyterian Church. Those who are making their donations to First United Methodist Church must designate their contribution to “UMCOR,” while those who are donating to First Presbyterian can designate their contribution to “Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.”
Donations of items will be accepted if they meet requirements from the approved flood bucket or hygiene kit list provided by the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Donors can simply search "UMCOR flood bucket" or "UMCOR hygiene kit" for a detailed list.
Donations will be received all day Tuesday.
For more information or to arrange a more convenient time to drop off a donation, contact Cato at (870) 352-1079.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Rev.Jessica Durand at (870) 403-2177 or Rev. Elizabeth Gabbard at (601) 341-6395.