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Friday, June 20, 2008

Several More Ways to Help Flood Victims in Indiana

Dear Friend,

I hope this email finds you well. I just wanted to express my warmest sympathy to those who were affected from the flood and express my deepest gratitude to everybody who has been helping during this great time of tragedy.

Many people have contacted me asking how they can volunteer and who has the greatest need in the community. I am now stepping aside and letting the professional disaster relief organization take the lead in our community. I am now directing everybody to The Samaritan's Purse, which is located at Community Church of Columbus on N. Marr Rd. and Rocky Ford.

Samaritan's Purse is a non-denominational ministry geared towards helping disaster victims to physically rebuild their homes and spiritually rebuild their lives. The ministry was founded by Franklin Graham and they are based out of Boone, NC but have set up an office for the next month here focusing on Bartholomew County.

They have a very strong grasp on the families who are in need and the ability to mobilize volunteers for relief efforts. If you are already involved with another church or non-profit organization like Red Cross, please continue your efforts. But if you are looking for a way to get involved and would like to serve the people of our community then please consider working with Samaritan's Purse.

Here is a link to a video of the work that they have already been doing in our community.

Please consider giving some of your time in any manner with the flood because there are a lot of families who urgently need your help.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your time and willingness to serve. Take care and God Bless!

Your Servant,

Travis Hankins

Please continue to pray for our community, those who are helping with disaster relief and especially those who were flooded. And if you see somebody who was affected from the flood, please give them a hug. That is what they really need right now…prayers and love.

Feel free to pass this along. Thanks!


From: Michael Dean
Please pass this along: Lowe's is giving 10% off for flood related purchases. Just tell the check out person. If you give gift cards to victims - write this on the gift cards as a reminder.


Michael - We have brand new counter tops at our RC distribution center here in Columbus, if one is needed. They are in 8 and 10 foot sections and really nice! They are extremely heavy though and would need an appropriate truck and help to come and get one.

Mary Ellen Anable, Executive Director
Bartholomew/Brown/Decatur County Chapter
American Red Cross
931 Repp Dr.
Columbus, IN 47201