ABHMS Mobilizes in Response to Devastating Wildfires Ravaging Maui

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American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) grieves the loss of at least 80 lives and the displacement of thousands caused by devastating wildfires that engulfed the historic town of Lahaina and scorched thousands of surrounding acres on the island of Maui, Hawaii.

Rev. Lisa Harris Lee, ABHMS director of Healing & Transforming Communities, emphasizes that ABHMS is not a traditional emergency responder, noting that the organization’s objective is to receive and disburse funds as quickly as possible through One Great Hour of Sharing to meet emergent and longer-term needs. “This is one of the most immediate responses we can offer,” she says. “OGHS is a reliable vehicle for you to get every dollar of your donation to the communities in need.”

How you can help:

Please join American Baptists in supporting the relief efforts directed toward those affected by the catastrophic fires on Maui. One hundred percent of designate OGHS gifts are allocated to domestic disaster relief.

Checks designated to “Hawaii Wildfire” should be mailed directly to ABHMS’ Office of Development, care of Kim Wilkins, 1075 First Avenue, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406. They should also include the name of the donor’s church to ensure that it receives credit for the gift.

The World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA administers the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. The committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual OGHS offering received by churches.

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