We’ve heard this on the news. We’ve read this in magazines. We’ve seen demonstrations of correct procedures. The simple act of handwashing can stop the spread of COVID-19.
Clean water, though, is not available in all communities—even in the United States. In many places around the world, hand-washing stations are the first line of defense in communities without clean water.
One of the recipients of an UMCOR COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant is Red Bird Mission. Red Bird Mission, located in an isolated, rural area of the Appalachian Mountains, serves Clay, Bell, and Leslie Counties in eastern Kentucky. Residents here experience chronic poverty, poor housing, and lack of jobs. Nearly 50% of children live below the federal poverty level.
The pandemic is cruelly worsening the condition of people whose very existence is already vulnerable. The grant from UMCOR to Red Bird Mission is providing food, PPE, and handwashing stations, all vital in the fight against COVID.
Every day, UMCOR is receiving urgent requests for assistance from local churches, annual conferences and not-for-profit agencies committed to alleviating the suffering for vulnerable populations.
Responding to people’s needs during a crisis is why UMCOR was established 80 years ago and why its meaningful ministry continues.
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