July 22, 2021 | by Steve Elliott
Steve Elliott loads up wildfire recovery supplies for delivery to Ukiah UMC.
Ukiah UMC joined Pinole UMC, Holy Cross in Stockton and the Sacramento Conference Office as a location where California-Nevada Disaster Response Ministry is stocking wildfire response supplies. Each location includes some, or all, of the following - wildfire buckets, shovels/rakes, cleaning buckets, sifters and emergency hygiene kits for use in assisting survivors after a wildfire.
Of particular note is the wildfire bucket which includes the protective equipment and related tools and supplies to safely access the hazardous site of a burned-out home. We provide these buckets and any of the other items to survivors when they visit the fire's local assistance center or when we go to assist them with sifting the ashes.
As a connectional ministry, the buckets and tools stored at the Ukiah church were provided by San Ramon Valley UMC in Alamo, California. "We were delighted to provide this donation to our Conference Disaster Response Ministry." - noted Kim Risedorph, Senior Pastor at the Alamo church.
Jone Duggan, accepted the donation on behalf of the Ukiah Church, noting that they have church members who have lost their homes in wildfires over the years and she spoke to the value these buckets represent, and even more importantly the role our volunteers provide in offering a ministry of presence in a time of need.
For more information about our Conference wildfire response efforts and the wildfire buckets go to California-Nevada Conference of The UMC | Fire Buckets (cnumc.org)