October 6, 2020 Update – Trip 4 – Saturday, October 24th:
Many of you have been asking when we’re going back to help our neighbors in need in Southwest Louisiana. Some of you made the last trip, and want to go back. Some of you missed the last one, and don’t want to miss the next one.
Soooo, we are making our next run to the Grand Lakes, LA community on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th. We will meet again at 6:30 AM at the MDUMC Parking Lot for those who want to caravan. We will work until about 4:30 PM and then head back. Stop at Buc-Ees in Baytown for snacks/lunch/beverages for later. There’s a role for everyone that can come, but please make sure kids are old enough that you are not having to babysit them.
To register, follow the SignUpGenius link:
Want to purchase and donate relief supplies?: AMAZON WISH LIST
Stay tuned to the regularly updated “FinD HURRICANE RELIEF” info page for any changing details.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16
September 17, 2020 Update:
All details will continue to be updated for Saturday’s logistics on this page. Please periodically check this page between now and Saturday morning.
Meet at MDUMC (Memorial Drive United Methodist Church – 12955 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079) – CLICK HERE FOR MDUMC MAP. It’s the big church on Memorial that has the big annual pumpkin patch. We will gather in the parking lot at 7:00 AM on Saturday to rally and caravan. Distribute loads between trucks/cars if necessary. Leave no later than 7:15 AM. Drive takes about 2.5 hours without stops. One-stop at Buc-Ees in Baytown for ice, snacks, and fuel. Most gas stations are not open for business near Grand Lake (or at least they weren’t when we were there last Saturday). Set GPS destination for Grand Lake Faith Temple (655 LA-384, Lake Charles, LA 70607) — CLICK HERE FOR GRAND LAKE FAITH TEMPLE MAP
Wear FinD Gear:
Every FinD member should wear their FinD shirt and/or FinD cap. We will try to bring the extras we have to the MDUMC lot and then to Grand Lakes. If you need a larger or smaller size, we should have them. We will certainly take a large group photo at some point – probably when we all gather for lunch or at the end of the day.
We Still Need These Items:
- Coolers with name label (the big 94-quart and larger marine sized coolers are best) – drop off at the Harrington’s (13914 Queensbury Lane, Houston, TX 77079) no later than this Friday at 12:00 Noon
- Pop Up Tents
- Folding Chairs
- First Aid Kits for Each DEBRIS CREW Team
- One Ladder for each DEBRIS CREW Team
What Everyone Should Bring:
- FOOD SERVICE CREW: masks, cap, and FinD gear
- DEBRIS CREW: steel toed boots, work gloves, hammer to nail down tarps, your own water, sunscreen, bug spray, chainsaw oil and fuel if you bring chainsaw, eye protection, and FinD gear
Can I Bring Family Members or Non-FinD Friends?
Heck yeah! We need all the help we can get. but, we need volunteers focused, not playing or babysitting those that are playing. Attendees should be old enough (high school or older) to know how to work hard and act appropriately around people that are running low on fumes. Keep in mind this rural community hasn’t had power in very hot temps since August 27th
When Will We Finish?
Volunteers can come and go when they please. We ask that at a minimum people come from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. FinD men are asked to come in the caravan and stay until late afternoon – around 4:30 or 5:00 PM.
September 15, 2020 Update – Help Needed!!:
We have an opportunity to make a huge impact on a small community in Southwest Louisiana that was devastated by Hurricane Laura. This community called Grand Lake in Northern Cameron Parish (just 2.5 hours east of Houston) is not getting the attention of the larger areas like Lake Charles. FinD has already sent two supply caravans to Grand Lake Community Church. We are also working with Grand Lake Faith Temple. The pastor there has asked us if we could mobilize volunteers to help five (5) of the community’s families get back on their feet by removing debris and making some repairs.
4 Ways to Participate:
- Donate food, serving supplies or $$ (planning a massive pulled pork bbq feast for around 750 people)
- Volunteer to help cook / prepare food on Thursday or Friday (we will just heat up most of it on Saturday)
- Lend your trailer or equipment (i.e. generator, chainsaws, etc.) for the crew to take for the day
- Come to Grand Lake on Saturday to help these families – either serving food or clearing debris. THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOU MOST!!
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September 14, 2020 Update:
FinD finished Round 2 of our Hurricane Laura relief efforts, yesterday. Earlier in the week, David Marshall (Kingsmen) and Mike Suerth (UFC) transported a truck and 14’ trailer filled with supplies generously donated or funded by FinD members. We made another run, yesterday with two trucks filled to the brim with items purchased with your generous donations … employees at Costco, Walmart, and DollarTree were freaking out and we had one employee pull $10 out of her pocket to help the cause.
On the first run, it became clear that the Lake Charles area had abundant supplies and attention (by media and service organizations), but the small surrounding rural communities were not forgotten, but certainly not as well supported. So, when the Holy Spirit led us to Grand Lake Community Church (“GLCC”), a small, rural congregation between Lake Charles and Cameron, we knew we found the place where our aid was most needed and would be best utilized.
On Saturday (9/13/2020), we returned to GLCC with supplies (and FinD wives to connect with the women) and helped them install some much-needed portable air conditioning units, which are running on generator power. After this second round of relief recon, we are gearing up for another run on Saturday September 19th, to bring more supplies (including specific requests and items on the Amazon Wishlist) and provide a meal to the community, at large, which may involve dragging a trailer, tents, and tables out there for serving.
We greatly appreciate your generous support. The Amazon Wishlist is continuously updated, and we also provide a great impact by purchasing specific items requested by our contacts at GLCC. Donations directly to FinD for Hurricane Laura Relief will be earmarked (please note Hurricane Laura in the comments) for Hurricane Laura relief efforts. In addition, you can purchase supplies through our FinD Hurricane Laura Relief – Amazon Wishlist, which is being regularly updated based on expressed needs.