As meteorologists began predicting the path of Hurricane Irma, Trevecca Nazarene University students and staff began discussing ways the University could help in the aftermath. That help has included offerings, crisis care packages, phone calls and gathering supplies.
Michael Johnson, Trevecca’s director of alumni and church engagement, knew it was going to be important to stay in touch with churches and alumni on the Florida District of the Church of the Nazarene.
“I just wanted to be in touch,” Johnson said. “Florida is second only to Tennessee in terms of alumni. Even before the storm, I started trying to make contact.”
After the storm had passed, Johnson knew that Florida residents would be overwhelmed with the reality of dealing with the damage Hurricane Irma had caused. Soon, the residents would need supplies, and Johnson wanted to find a way for the Trevecca community to meet those needs.
He turned to his church, Trevecca Community Church. In conjunction with the church’s 75th anniversary celebration, Sept. 9-10, members donated hundreds of cases of bottled water, as well as diapers, baby wipes, non-perishable food items and more. Trevecca students, faculty and staff added to the donations.
Johnson set out for Florida with the supplies today. He’ll deliver the items to the Orlando and Fort Myers areas where the donations will be distributed to those in greatest need.
Trevecca student callers also spent the last week calling churches in Florida, checking on the church members, pastors and communities affected by the storm. This effort helped district leaders connect with churches and better estimate the severity of the storm’s damage.
In addition, Trevecca students participated in a special offering designated for hurricane relief during last week’s chapel services. The students gave nearly $1,500 to the cause.
You can continue to give to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries at give.nazarene.org to help those dealing with the aftermath of the recent hurricanes.