Episcopalians Donate Tens of Thousands for Fire Victims

Posted by Luke Blount on with 1 Comments

Churches within the Diocese of Texas have quickly responded to the fires in Bastrop, Waller, and Montgomery Counties. Donations have poured into both the diocese as well as several other places including directly to Calvary Episcopal in Bastrop.


The exact figure of total donations is not known, but combined donations of all the churches and individuals in the Diocese of Texas is believed to have topped $50,000. 


We've received dozens of reports from churches responding to the fires with cash and gift card donations ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Additionally, many churches have driven truckloads of donations of needed items to the fire areas. 


We continue to be amazed with the generosity of the Episcopal family across Texas and beyond. Donations through the Diocesan website alone have topped $12,000 so far. 


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Rick Carpenter Sep 27, 2011 5:53pm

Hey Luke! It's me, Rick Carpenter from Huntsville. I was initially put in oversight of the Methodists' response for the Tri-County fire, but now the Society of Samaritans (SOS) in Magnolia is the lead community volunteer agency for fire relief and recovery in Montgomery and Waller Cos. See societyofsamaritans.com . Mike Costello is president of SOS's disaster service and he is one of the District Disaster Response Coordinators for the Central North District (which includes this fire zone) of the UMC's Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief. If TEDRD can help SOS out in any way, let Mike or me know. And if there's anything we can do for y'all, just ask! --Rick