[Taken from Relevant Magazine’s website]
Yes, we live in a world where some want to do more than they want to help, but at the end of the day that is more selfish than helpful. Ministering to disaster victims should be about meeting their needs, not fulfilling our need to feel helpful. The Salvation Army is blogging regularly about their disaster relief efforts. In a recent post, they explain how you can give:
BE PREPARED, NOT JUST FOR THE DISASTER, BUT TO SERVE THE HURTING IN THESE CRITICAL TIMES.
- $10: Will feed a disaster survivor for one day.
- $30: Provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
- $100: Provides snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
- $250: Provides one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
- $500: Keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day
It’s perhaps not as personally fulfilling as delivering a warm meal in a storm shelter, but it is an effective way to help.