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Readers are sharing with us stories of how their houses of worship--both near and far from the devastation--are reaching out to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. How is your spiritual community responding? Please let us know by sending an email to hurricanekatrina@beliefnetstaff.com. We invite you to submit photos of your faith group in action as well.

From Food to Flashlights

Coral Baptist Church
Coral Springs, Florida

  • Works in a network with other churches to deploy RV's to disaster areas, where they serve meals to victims and rescue workers
  • Sends supplies such as generators and hygiene kits (filled with hair combs, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, wet wipes, tissues, trash bags, flash lights, batteries, candles, matches, hair bands, razors, shaving cream, bug-off wipes, chapstick)
  • Saves $.15 per dollar on all donations to the church for disasters like this


  • Where Hope Comes in a Box

    Presbyterian USA Church
    Asheville, North Carolina

  • Putting together Personal Health Kits for adults and Hope-in-a-Box kits for kids, to send to shelters in Houston, Texas
  • Through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, sending teams to Gulf Coast areas for hands-on help
  • Welcoming Furry Friends

    St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, Nicholls State University
    Thibodaux, Louisiana

  • Providing temporary accommodations in the church for victims turned away from rescue centers because of their pets


  • Quality Time and Spiritual Support

    First Baptist Church
    Fairhope, Alabama (2 hours from New Orleans)

  • Providing meals and supplies for some 300 displaced people in public shelters
  • Collecting donations for the relief effort
  • Congregation members visiting the shelters and distribute Bibles


  • Reaching Out to Neighbors

    A local church in Grand Bay, Alabama, a shrimping town devastated by the storm

  • Supplying meals, clothing, and diapers to people in town


  • Truckloads of Goodwill

    American Gurdawara Parbhandak Committee

  • Sending truckloads of grocery items, including juice, water, and food
  • Gurdawaras of Houston and Dallas organizing community kitchens for victims


  • Relief Trips and Supply Drives

    Crossings Church
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Encouraging financial donations to be directed to Samaritan's Purse
  • Working with local churches to plan relief trips from Oklahoma
  • Coordinating a supply drive with churches in the Gulf region


  • Helping Evacuees Find Loved Ones

    University Baptist Church
    Thibodaux, Louisiana

  • Driving evacuees to Shrieveport and Houston to help them find family members
  • Joining with other churches, both Protestant and Catholic, to conduct interfaith services
  • Congregation members donating food, clothing and Bibles
  • Members in health care professions volunteering to help special needs victims
  • Driving members to worship services
  • Pastor Jim Duck and Education Minister Wayne Hunt spending time comforting those coping with loss


  • Deferred Donations

    Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
    San Luis Obispo, California

  • Encouraging donations to Catholic Charities for relief work
  • Taking collections in lieu of those scheduled for church ministeries


  • Health Kits, Flood Buckets, and Prayers

    Cornwall United Methodist Church
    New Windsor, NY

  • Collecting donations for the United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • Making health kits, flood buckets
  • Sharing lists with other groups who want to help the people of the Gulf Coast
  • Continuing prayer vigil


  • Every Collection Counts

    Smith Chapel, United Methodist Church
    Elsberry, Missouri

  • Taking up a collection for the next four sundays for relief effort


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