Dear Lakeway Church Family,

If you have been like me, your eyes have been glued to the images of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.   As things have unfolded along the gulf coast we have been making plans to respond to the devastation.   As I mentioned in worship on Sunday, there are three stages to any disaster.

Rescue

The first week after a disaster where people are rescued from harms way.

Relief

The first months after a disaster where people return to their homes, streets are cleared, electricity and water are restored and life resumes.

Recovery

The months to years after a disaster where communities rebuild.

 

The Lakeway Church is ministry partner with several non-profits that work to address each of these stages: Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), Christian Compassion Center (C3) and World Vision.   These agencies will be a conduit for The Lakeway Church response. In addition, we are working together with all the Lake Travis churches to coordinate our efforts.

 

How can you help?

Money:

If you want to donate to the on the ground work of relief through The Lakeway Church you can write a check to The Lakeway Church.
Put “Harvey” in the memo. 

 

Warehouse Sites to drop off items are: (locations listed on adrn.org)

  1. Celebration Church (Georgetown)
  2. The 360 Warehouse (SW Austin) – clothing only
  3. Hope Family Thrift Store (ADRN HQ)
  4. The Connection Church (Buda)

 

Prepare a Survivor Welcome Kit:

Help us prepare Welcome Kits for thousands of evacuees and survivors impacted by the storm. You may drop off only the following needed items at the church.  There will be designated areas in the Fellowship Center for each of the items.  (Note: we do not need clothing beyond new undergarments & socks.  NO toys, please.)

  • New Towels
  • New Washcloths
  • Soap
  • Tissue
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Products
  • Shampoo
  • Comb
  • A note of encouragement
  • New Blankets
  • New Pillows
  • New Wipes
  • Baby Bottles/Formula
  • Diapers
  • Baby Food

Donate Survivor Supplies:

  • New undergarments (all sizes, children and adult)
  • New socks (all sizes, children and adult)
  • Toiletries (ie: shampoo, body wash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)
  • New bed pillows
  • New blankets
  • Clean-up supplies
  • Black trash bags
  • Mops and buckets
  • Utility knives
  • Leather work gloves
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Box fans
  • Baby Bottles
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Diapers

For more information, please visit Austin Disaster Relief 

Volunteer:

We will need volunteers to deliver the items above to the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) warehouse. Please contact Judy  judy@lakewaychurch.net  512-261-6331 if you are willing to help in this way.

ADRN needs people to work the call center and at their warehouse.  You can access this opportunity online at www.adrntx.org.

In the weeks and months to come we will have additional opportunities to serve.  For now please be praying for the people on the gulf coast and especially for the first responders.

Thank you for being a church committed to caring in Jesus Name,

Larry Coulter

Jim Powell