IOCC Assists Victims of South Carolina Floods
Baltimore, MD (October 16, 2015) — Piles of water damaged furniture and personal belongings fill the neighborhoods of Columbia, South Carolina. Record floods earlier this month claimed 19 lives and left a trail of damage across the state. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Emergency Response Network, along with local relief partners and parishioners from Holy Apostles and Holy Trinity Orthodox Churches are rallying together to help residents in hard hit Columbia with the slow and difficult cleanup and recovery. IOCC US Country Representative, Dan Christopulos, updates OCN in a radio interview on the situation and urgent needs. Oca.org also posts this report on the latest relief efforts by the Orthodox community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Assemble emergency kits. IOCC also anticipates the need for Emergency Clean-Up Buckets which are in low supply. For directions on how to assemble Emergency Clean-Up Buckets, please visit iocc.org/kits.
Make a donation. You can help the victims of disasters in the United States, like the flooding in South Carolina by making a financial gift to the United States Emergency Response Fund, or help Hurricane Joaquin victims in the Bahamas with a gift to the Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund. Each fund will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, MD 21297-0429.
IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered $534 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in more than 50 countries. IOCC is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy. To learn more about IOCC, please visit our website a iocc.org.