Sunday, September 04, 2005

Let us GIVE

Other United Methodist Efforts for Relief .....

Oklahoma City University President Tom McDaniel has announced the university
will offer free tuition to any student enrolled at a college or university
affected by the hurricane. Perhaps you or members of your congregation know
families with students who could benefit from this.

The offer by OCU includes --- but is not limited to --- students at the
following New Orleans schools: Dillard University, Loyola University, Our
Lady of Holy Cross College, Southern University at New Orleans, Tulane
University, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University; also,
students at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The one semester of free tuition applies to undergraduate, graduate and law
programs. The university has extended its enrollment period by one week.
Students may enroll through Sept. 9.

100% of funds given to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) go directly to help Katrina survivors.
Please make your check payable to GRACE UMC (6316 N Tulsa Oklahoma City, OK 73112) or any other United Methodist Church and note in the memo line of
your check UMCOR Advance #982523. You may send your check to the church or
place it in the Sunday offering. You may also donate online at
Methodist Relief or by phone at 1(800)554-8583.

At Grace United Methodist Church, we will be accepting flood buckets and health kits.

These can be created and placed in the trophy case hallway. You can follow the below guidelines to create a flood bucket and/or health kit. All of these supplies will be delivered to the UMCOR Sager Brown distribution center in Baldwin, Louisiana.

Flood Bucket
§ 5-gallon bucket with re-sealable lid
§ Bleach
§ 5 scouring pads
§ 7 Sponges
§ 1 scrub brush
§ 18 cleaning towels (reusable wipes)
§ Liquid laundry detergent (two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottle)
§ 1 household cleaner, 12-16 oz. bottle
§ Disinfectant dish soap, 16-28 oz. bottle
§ 50 clothes pins
§ Clothes line (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.)
§ 5 dust masks
§ 2 pair latex gloves
§ 1 pair work gloves
§ 24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gallon (remove roll from box
before placing in bucket)
§ 1 Insect repellant spray, 6-14 oz. can (If aerosol, cans must have
protective caps.)
§ 1 Air freshener, 8 or 9 oz. can (If aerosol, cans must have protective
Put all items in the plastic bucket and seal lid. Please ensure that all
cleansing agents are liquids (not powder) and in plastic bottles.

Health Kit
Bottled Water
Hand Towels (15" x 25" up to 17" x 27")
Wash Cloths
Combs (large and sturdy, not pocket sized0
Nail files or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
Bath-Size bars of soap (3 oz and up)
Toothbrushes (4.5 or larger, expiration date must be 6 months or longer)
Adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
Laundered twin flat bed sheets and pillowcases
Large plastic container of talcum powder
Large petroleum jelly (vaseline)
Two yards of floral or plain cotton fabric
Household rubber or latex gloves

Many other churches also are accepting supplies. I know Messiah Lutheran Church on Northwest Expressway, St. Luke's United Methodist Church at NW 15 and Robinson and Wesley United Methodist Church on NW 24 and Classen are among the churches collecting supplies.

Feed The Children at NW 3 and Meridian will be accepting donations Monday through Friday.

And as always, financial donations can be made to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Way. If you wish, you may designate your funds specifically for Katrina relief.

Please share other places accepting aid contributions if you wish. But most importantly, please give what you can to help others in this time of terrific need.

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