A week of heavy rains and massive flooding caused by Hurricane Stan has devastated communities throughout Central America, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The storm has also affected parts of southern Mexico. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands more are missing and displaced around the region.
The Diocese of El Salvador and the Diocese of Mexico both have companion relationships with the Diocese of Los Angeles. Last month, the Diocese of El Salvador contributed its entire income for the month of September to ERD for hurricane relief efforts.
"Camp Coast Care" is one of the main relief and supply operations of Lutheran Episcopal Disaster Response (LEDR), under the direction of Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi. It offers hospitality and community to those who wish to come and work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Volunteers are provided with three hot meals each day, with facilities for showers and housing for a maximum of 150 persons. Staff members are currently scheduling groups to come in through June of 2006. Groups or individuals wanting to volunteers should first check the information on the website at www.dioms.org and then email (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org or call or call the diocesan office at 601.948.5954.
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