Emergency Help Is Needed for Wildfire Victims and Firefighters

April 25, 2011

Emergency Help Is Needed for Wildfire Victims and Firefighters

As the wildfires continue to burn within the bounds of our conference area, help is needed by the Body of Christ to bring relief to the people of the Weatherford District and to the firefighters. Weatherford District Superintendent Ginger Bassford has set up three drop off locations for needed items.

Aledo UMC – 100 Pecan (corner of Pecan & Oak), Aledo 76008

Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Saturday noon – 4 p.m.

Weatherford District Office – 1421 Sloan St., Weatherford 76086

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ONLY Priority List No. 1 items (see below)

Cleburne First UMC – 1300 Westhill, Cleburne 76033

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Friday 8:30 a.m. – noon

Contact: Mauri Ford at 817-645-6392 ext. 110

Over 1,000 firefighters are involved with the situation, 21 homes are reported burned as well as Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Senkel, pastor at Cedar Springs, reports the church has burned to the ground. People are still not permitted into the burn area, but you can help in this situation. The Weatherford, Brownwood and Fort Worth districts have been asked to supply 1,500 health kits to help the firefighters and those displaced from their homes. Health kit items include:

1 hand towel 15” x 25” to 17”x 27” kitchen
(cleaning and microfiber towels are not acceptable)
1 washcloth
1 comb
(comb must be sturdy and at least 8” long/no pocket combs or picks/rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable)
1 metal nail file or clipper
(no emery boards or toenail clippers)
1 bath size soap
(3 oz. and larger sizes only in original packaging/all brands are acceptable)
1 toothbrush
(adult size only/do not remove from original packaging)
6 adhesive bandages
(¾” to 1“ size common household bandaids)
One tube of toothpaste
1 plastic bag one gallon size
(sealable bags only to hold all the items)

We are asking everyone to help out with all of the other needs. Priority 1 and 2 list items are needed IMMEDIATELY:

1. Firefighters & Police: Water, Gatorade, chap stick, non-perishable food items, chips, cheese & crackers, Wet Wipes, hand sanitizer, aloe vera lotion, sun screen

2. Victims: Immediate needs are personal items like tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, Wet Wipes, hand sanitizer, aloe vera lotion, sun screen

3. Victims: Long-term needs are household items.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Weatherford District office at 1-888-423-5378 or Laraine Waughtal, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, at 254-595-1503.

Susan Briles

Mission Ministries

Central Texas Conference

464 Bailey Avenue

Fort Worth TX 76107



817/338-4541 fax