I’m sure many of you are keeping our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico in your prayers today, and likely already fielding some questions regarding how folks can help and the UCC response.
For those who are unaware, Puerto Rico was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake at 3:24am local time today 8 miles west of Ponce (on the southeastern coast), and numerous aftershocks have been reported. This follows a 5.0 magnitude earthquake yesterday. Numerous homes and structures have been damaged and one casualty has been reported. Folks on the island are in the midst of assessing damage and needs.
The UCC have launched the information and giving pages for the Puerto Rico appeal, with a goal of raising $250,000. https://www.ucc.org/earthquake_recovery_puerto_rico
The Conference office will be giving $1,000 towards the effort.
Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva, MCC
The United Church of Christ
in Southern California and Nevada