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CRC has responded in a variety of ways to help those affected by recent natural and human-caused disasters. Whether the needs are monetary, goods, or spiritual, our community stands ready to assist if there is another time when people need our help.
Most recently, in September 2017, we responded to Hurricane Harvey, that devistated areas of Texas in Corpus Cristi and Houston. Together with State Rep. Stacey Newman, Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon (Christ the King United Church of Christ), Rev. Ron Bobo (Westside Missionary Baptist Church), Pastor Julian Johnson (Bethesda Temple), Pastor B.T. Rice (New Horizon Christian Church) we organized a collection to send to Houston. CRC filled a semi truck over the course of 3 days.
In 2011 we responded to the Joplin Tornado by collecting donations from CRC members and the broader Jewish community. More than 75 volunteers worked to sort, fold, and box donations by category – ready-to-eat nonperishable food, pet food, toiletries, and clothes of every size. Over the next two days, CRC members, staff and volunteers drove ten large vehicles (SUVs, pick-up trucks and vans) and one U-Haul truck full of donations to several sites in and around Joplin with the means to distribute them to those in need.
In January 2010, CRC members responded to the devastating Haiti earthquake with a "Hearts for Haiti" fundraising concert and CD that raised more than $7,300 in one night for relief and rebuilding efforts. A cadre of CRC talent entertained a crowd of 300 attendees, including dozens of volunteers who worked before, during and after the concert to make the event a success. This program was planned in just 10 days, to get the donations to Haiti as quickly as possible. We divided the money raised between two organizations, American Jewish World Service and Meds & Food for Kids, which had pre-existing operations in the area affected by the earthquake.
In 2005, CRC members also responded to Hurricane Katrina by collecting thousands of donations and driving them to New Orleans. In recent years, CRC's Post-Confirmation students have gone on two Alternative Spring Break trips to help with ongoing rebuilding efforts in the area.
CRC also responded to another recent tragedy that was not caused by natural events. On September 11, our community quickly responded with an interfaith service, held the evening of the attacks, that brought together Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy to call for peace and healing in our communities.
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