#CarolinaFloods Update

Adventist Community Services in the Carolina Conferences have been keeping busy responding to the floods that took place last week. Today, the warehouse that was previously opened for water supply has been closed and is now moving to a 82,000 square foot warehouse in Lugoff, SC. 

ACS Disaster Response has asked that all donations of cleaning supplies be sent to Lugoff. We are estimating that approximately 500 ACS flood buckets will be put together and distributed. They are asking specifically for cleaning supplies, except for bleach. No water is needed at this time as well. 

For a complete list of needs, please visit scemd.org

The address for the warehouse is 1255 commerce drive Lugoff, SC 29078. However, please DO NOT hand deliver to the warehouse, send in material donations. Any questions on what is still needed can be sent to donatedgoodswarehouse@gmail.com. For monetary donations, click the "Donate Now" button on this page. 

If you are 16 or older and would like to volunteer, please fill out THIS ONLINE FORM. 

For more information and updates on relief, please visit carolinasda.org for updates and guidelines to help.  


#JoaquinFloods

On October 4th, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin's waters flooded areas in the Carolina Conference. CNN stated; "South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley didn't mince any words on Sunday about just how dangerous a situation the weather-- which was blamed for five deaths in the state by Sunday night-- had become in her state."

Adventist Community Services was quick to respond and has established two warehouses in the Carolinas. The warehouses seem to have large amounts of bleach and water and is requesting for no more of those items to be sent over to them.

However, they are requesting cleaning products. In an event as large as this one, not only many businesses and homes are destroyed, but landmarks as well. Cleaning supplies are beneficial to help those struggling to clean up. Please stay tuned to updates on the addresses to send these items to.

Prayers are requested for everyone who is dealing with the repercussions of the flood. Let's pray for the individuals affected, for sunshine to dry up the water that remains, and let's pray for the families of the people who lost their loved ones in the floods.

For more information on how you can help specifically, call the Carolina conference at 1 (704) 596-3200. To donate, click the button below.


#ValleyFire Update

Dear Beloved Church Family, There is wonderful news regard the [NAME NOT PUBLISHED]'s family. “We are doing ok, our whole family is together desperately searching for a home. ..." [This Sabbath the Middletown church will be meeting outdoors on their property as the Red Cross is using their facility and sanctuary as a shelter for volunteers.] The activities on Sabbath will be behind the church sanctuary. Please don’t use the church building as there will be individual sleeping inside. We will use the restrooms at the school. Elder and Mrs Pedersen, with Stephanie Leal, Julie Lorenz, Jeff Klam, and Ed Fargussen came up to visit our Middletown church today. I had just finished up a special time with MAS Students, as we lowered our flag at half mast in honor of Bruce Burns. Debi Pedersen brought a cake in honor of [Middletown Adventist School Principal] Lottie’s birthday, and was enough for all the students to have a snack together. What a thoughtful gesture. Lottie shared that they had root beer floats yesterday which Lynal Ingham, our education associate superintendent, brought up. ... met with [NCC Risk Management Director] Jeff Klam and inspected the property together, and I am sure by now more than one of you have been called to help with some of the projects on our campus. We were given a tour by the Red Cross of part of our church and fellowship hall, and had to keep our voices down as there were some sleeping, because they had volunteered for the night shift. There are volunteers that have come from all over the United States, and it is very interesting to get acquainted with them and to thank them for leaving their homes to share with our communities. ... Tonight the updated numbers of structures destroyed in the Valley Fire from Cal Fire: 1,910 with 76,067 acres burned and 82% contained this evening. 

The above message was taken from nccsda.com from  a post on September 23rd, 2015. [For privacy concerns, some names are not published] 

Check out this video for more details on the Adventist Church Center and the services it's providing!