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Faith leaders launch relief effort for Florida

Pastor Marcio Sierra: "We care and we want to work together." (Photo by Phil Haslanger)

The prayerful words of Pastor Marcio Sierra from Lighthouse Church set the tone:

“We pray that You will lead us as we help the people of Florida.”

Pastors from a dozen congregations and representatives of the United Way of Dane County stood in the warehouse area of the new Lighthouse School that the faith leaders hope will soon be filled with supplies to be sent to the citizens of Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Selfless Ambition is coordinating the efforts of churches and others to gather materials by this Friday to send to Florida. Here are the details:

People who want to donate specific requested items can bring them to Lighthouse Christian School, 6400 Schroeder Road in Madison between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. between now and Friday. There is a loading dock on the side of the building which is the drop-off spot.

Here’s what is being requested at this point:
Bottled water
Diapers. baby wipes, baby food
Toiletries, including feminine hygiene products
Granola bars and peanut butter
Flash Lights, Batteries, Garage Bags

People who would like to volunteer to help each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with gathering the materials and then with loading trucks can do this through the United Way of Dane County at this web site – http://www.volunteeryourtime.org.

There us a need for monetary donations as well, both for direct aid to those affected by Irma and to buy needed supplies. The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County is acting as the fiscal agent for this and 100 percent of the donations will go to hurricane aid. Donations can be made at http://www.bgcdc.org/get-involved/donate/

The plan is to get all the items this weekend to Brunswick Georgia to the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority Inc. will house our trucks and then immediate aid will be given to families in Florida through the direction of local leaders in Florida.

This is the second time people in the Madison area are being asked to respond a natural disaster in the U.S. As Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club said, “This community has mad a difference in the last couple of weeks and it can do so again.”

Pastor Pedro Ruiz of Iglesia Restauracion y Vida noted the gathered ministers “came from many backgrounds in a moment of unity” and demonstrated faith in action.