Tornadoes causes multiple fatalities in North Texas

Update Jan 1, 2016

The ACS DR Collection/Distribution Center, located at Granger Recreation Center, in Garland, TX has been busy serving the survivors of the recent tornadoes in North Texas.  Monique Monroe, Dallas Area ACS DR Coordinator, is managing the operation.  Supplies are arriving, being sorted, and distributed to the survivors coming in.

We have had ACS volunteers from many of our local churches, and one church has been collecting needed items and delivering them to the center.  Over 1100 home were either destroyed or majorly damaged, so there is great need.  

Thank you for your support and prayers. - Sherry Watts, ACS Asst. Director Texas Conference


Dec 27, 2015

Multiple tornadoes that passed through parts of Texas this past weekend left 30,000 people without power. Around 600 buildings were destroyed or damage and several fatalities. 

Garland Faith Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1702 E Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041, will be the operational headquarters for Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) for the response to the tornadoes in the area.

They are assembling some clean up kits to distribute to the affected families. Many home have damage and cleaning supplies are in great demand. Volunteers are also needed to help in the effort.

Supplies Needed: bleach, scouring pads, sponges (assorted sizes), scrub brushes, cleaning towels (reusable), laundry detergent, household cleaners (i.e., pine sol, 409), dish soap, dust masks, latex & non latex gloves, work gloves, heavy duty trash bags, large tarps, brooms, mops, mop buckets, and paper towels.

Monetary donations may be sent to: Texas ACS, PO Box 35, Keene, TX 76959

Let's remember the people affected by this unfortunate disaster in our prayers. 

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PHOTO CREDIT: G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News

UPDATE: 12-29-15 - 

The morning following the Dallas area tornados, Pastor Dennis Austin of the Joshua Seventh-day Adventist Church posted on Facebook the need for cleaning supplies for the survivors. Supplies were soon collected and delivered to the Garland Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church for distribution. 

Items being prepared for distribution at Garland Seventh-day Adventist Church - Mark Miosi

Items being prepared for distribution at Garland Seventh-day Adventist Church - Mark Miosi

Van loaded with donations outside Joshua Church - Harold Smith

Van loaded with donations outside Joshua Church - Harold Smith

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) has been asked to operate the donations management for both the Garland and Rowlett tornado responses.  They will be one operation serving both cities. Possible locations are being checked out to determine the best location and facility.   

Additional supplies (clean up kits, mold inhibitor, and toilet paper) from the ACS DR Depot in Keene, TX will be delivered to the Garland Faith SDA Church tomorrow morning for immediate distribution - Sherry Watts, ACS DR Asst. Director Texas Conference

Governor Nikki Haley Lends a Hand to Flood Survivors

When the Carolina Conference received a request from the State of South Carolina to open a warehouse for the handling of donated goods to serve the survivors of the severe flooding there, several volunteers from the GA-Cumberland Conference were asked to join with them to facilitate the swift set up of this operation. The warehouse worked closely with the Governor’s Office to accomplish this.

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A shipment of 630 flood buckets was received from the Allegheny East Conference, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asked the staff of the warehouse to come with her as she visited the affected counties and to hand out the buckets to the victims during her visit with the counties. The governor came by to personally thank each ACS DR volunteer for helping with her mobile distribution program and for operating the warehouse for the state, and to have her picture taken with the group.

The warehouse was shut down for the afternoon this happened, leaving Terry Haight behind to answer phones, unload any stray trucks, etc. A Regional Director from the office of US Senator Tim Scott saw the ACS banner and stopped by to see what was happening. After a golf cart tour of the warehouse (it was an 85,000 sq/ft building), Haight invited the Director into his office, and the two of them discussed ACS DR for over a half hour about what we do, how we do it and what Adventists believe. The Director said he knew Presidential hopeful Ben Carson, was an Adventist, but had no idea what Adventists believed. They spent over a half-hour discussing these things, following which the Director declared that he had visited many of the other volunteer operations helping out in the state, but had not seen any of them anywhere nearly as organized as the Adventists, and that he was going to recommend that the Senator come and inspect this operation himself, to see how donated goods should be handled.

This was certainly a “High Day” for ACS Disaster Response and the Seventh-day Adventist Church! We all pray that we represented our Savior in the best possible way.

 
Bikers for Jesus help with unloaded cases of water.

Bikers for Jesus help with unloaded cases of water.



Flooding in Central Texas

In response to the recent flooding in Central Texas, ACS participated in a Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) yesterday in Kyle, Texas.  This center served two of the hardest hit counties.  Yellow cleanup buckets, toilet paper, and mold inhibitor were distributed to 142 families (576 people).  Many survivors expressed appreciation for the assistance. #ACSResponds #NADACS