Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Who does sharing bring joy to?

One Great Hour of Sharing participants

Dear Friend,

Devastation. Distress. Death. Darkness. Natural disasters, as we have borne witness to through Superstorm Sandy, are tragic. But through the tragedy, uncertainty, and fear, you were safe. Perhaps you even helped others.

Thank you to the tens of thousands of volunteers who have offered themselves in service. You've done so much to help others rebuild their lives after Superstorm Sandy. But our work is not done. People still need your help.

At this time, I ask you to please share your good fortune and give a loving and faithful donation to One Great Hour of Sharing. Click here to give a donation online now.

Your generous gift will help people affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in the empowerment of the poor and oppressed.

One Great Hour of Sharing promotion officially starts the first Sunday in Lent—February 17—which is also "Wear your blue PDA t-shirt Sunday." This special day, initiated by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), honors volunteers and shows those affected by natural disasters that we are still here to help them. Please join us by wearing your t-shirt if you have volunteered, or by making a donation to help support their work.

The generous donations to PDA from loving people like you make immediate assistance and long-term recovery in the United States and Caribbean nations affected by this storm possible. Many people lost their loved ones and their homes, but you can give them hope in this time of need. Please give a donation online today.

On this special day, Ash Wednesday, share your good fortune with families who have suffered and those who are still suffering because of Superstorm Sandy by making a donation to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). Your gift, together with the thousands of other anticipated gifts in response to Jesus' call, will help people in their time of need.

Faithfully yours,
Sam Locke
Sam Locke
Director, Special Offerings
Presbyterian Mission Agency

P.S. Making an online donation is safe, secure, and your name is never published, so you may give a generous donation without acknowledgement from other members of the congregation. Please give generously today .

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