Subject: Blacfeet Reservation Emergency
Yesterday I received a call from Doug Lewis, our Cal-Pac UMCOR / Disaster Coor. Due to excessive snow, since December, many on the Blackfeet Reservation have been cut off. Recently they received over 14 ft of snow. The Rev. Calvin Hill, UMC, was contacted by the Blackfeet Nation seeking trusted assistance. UMCOR provided a $10,000 emergency grant for heating wood; logistics are being worked out to distribute this emergency need.
Next are a variety of supplies and food stuffs needed. Western Jurisdiction UMCOR Coordinators held a conference call yesterday, and following that NAUMC was contacted as a heads up. There will be 2 opportunities to provide financial assistance through the Yellowstone Annual Conference and/or UMCOR. This Sunday NAUMC will have a blanket offering for this emergency need, sending funds directly to the Yellowstone Annual Conf. Next, the already scheduled special UMCOR Sunday will be Mar. 11.
Ways to help:
Financial Support can be directed to the Yellowstone Annual Conference, UMC, earmarking gifts for Blackfeet Nation Snow Emergency
Yellowstone Annual Conf., UMC
P.O. Box 2035
Billings, MT 59104
(make checks payable to Yellowstone Annual Conference, UMC)
Give this Sunday, Feb. 25, for immediate needs
Support UMCOR Sunday, March 11, as United Methodist Committee On Relief will continue to be involved in ongoing needs.
What else is happening: The National Guard and other organizations are working to distribute needed supplies. UMCOR has taken on a leading role as requested by the Blackfeet Nation.