A Miami church has set up a Web site that will match families who have developed needs due to recent flooding with donors who want to meet those needs.
“There is no way we can fund all the things that people are requesting,” said Brad McNeil, outreach coordinator for Miami First Baptist Church. “What we can do is facilitate communication between those who have been blessed with those who are in need of blessing.”
The church has previously provided donated clothing to approximately 750 individuals who were affected by the flood.
Now, First Baptist members plan to gather furniture, household goods and food for families who are attempting to recover from flooding.
Individuals and families in need of assistance can obtain an information sheet at the church on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The church is located at the corner of First Avenue and A Street SW in Miami. Information sheets can also be obtained by calling the church at 542-1691.
Information about the requests will then be posted on the Web site, firstname.lastname@example.org. No identifying information about those requesting assistance will be posted on the Web site.
“It will all be anonymous,” McNeil said. “We want people in need to be able to come forward and ask for help without worrying about there names going out all over town.”
Once the information is posted, groups or individuals who want to make donations can visit the Web site to see what assistance they need to offer. Donors would then contact the church and the church would make arrangements to get the donated materials to those who have requested assistance.
“We're just putting families with specific needs together with people who can meet those needs,” McNeil said. “If someone needs a bed or some clothing, and you have a bed or some clothing you can give, just bring it to us and we'll make sure the person who needs it gets it.”