Overnight on June 10, torrential rains soaked much of Northeastern PA – but when the pumps failed in Gilberton, the small town suddenly faced a particular disaster far beyond its past history with flooding. Many of the homes received rising water up to two or three feet. With the loss of electricity and fresh water, and surrounded by soaked possessions, families have been displaced and crucial decisions need to be made about re-building….or leaving homes altogether.
On Saturday, June 20, a team of thirty-seven (37) volunteers joined in on the initial effort organized by EPA Disaster Recovery Coordinator. Hours were spent walking the main street of Gilberton, talking with its residents, offering encouragement and prayer . . . and, when invited, touring the vacated homes in order to assess Next Steps.
CLEARLY the community will benefit from our prayers right now….and from an available source of funding.
Donations will be received and processed through the
Gilberton UMC (the only active church in town),
monitored by the North District.
GOOD NEWS: initial gifts toward this recovery effort will be
matched by District funds (up to the first $5,000.00),
meaning that a $10,000.00 goal should be within our reach!
Congregation and individuals wishing to support these efforts
can send their checks (made payable to the The North District) to:
The North District Office
PO Box 820
Valley Forge PA 19482
please note “Flood Relief” in the memo line.