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Disaster Relief Work Day

Event Details
March 17, 2012
Clifton Baptist Church

Main Contact Points

Joshua Abetti, our Deacon of Community Outreach, is the main point of contact for Clifton’s relief efforts:

Also, notifications concerning the relief efforts are being communicated on the Clifton-General and Clifton-Official email lists.  Please sign-up if you have not already done so.

We are working closely with the pastors and staff of First Baptist Church Henryville (812-294-1431).  Their website contains useful information for those that may want to assist in relief efforts in addition to what Clifton is doing.


1. Financial donations for tornado victims are being received by Clifton Baptist Church.  Please include “Disaster Relief” on the memo line.  100% of all donations will directly benefit tornado victims.

2. We are still accepting material donations.  You can drop these off at the designated tables anytime in the church fellowship hall:

  • Tarps (at least 20′ x “something” for covering roofs)
  • Socks, undergarments, bras (high demand)
  • Rubber Boots (sizes 9-12)
  • Lanterns
  • Large plastic storage tubs
  • Wheel barrows
  • Push brooms and regular brooms
  • Sturdy shovels for shoveling rubble

These items are also needed:

  • Pole Saw
  • Extension ladders
  • Chain saws
  • Gasoline jugs
  • VISA cards for purchase of gas

Upcoming Work Day

On Saturday, March 17, anyone is welcomed to come and volunteer for a work day in the town of Henryville.  Men and women are needed and no specialized skills are required.

The What

I will be coordinating with FBH to match us with a task(s) that we can efficiently execute as a team or in teams.  We are still days out from this date and the scene in Henryville is constantly changing but it will most likely be along the lines of clearing trees with chainsaws, cleaning up homes, hauling off garbage, or organizing and distributing supplies at FBH.  But most importantly, sharing the wonderful Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to a hurting and bewildered community who needs Christ more than our material services.  I encourage you to start praying now for those who you’ll meet and interact with.

The Tools

Once we learn of our assigned tasks, I’m optimistic we’ll be able to procure the needed tools, like chain saws, trucks, gloves, boots, shovels, trash bags, basic carpentry tools (for those with the skills). We could possibly bring up a Bobcat, wood-splitter, pole saws, etc.  Please consider bringing your own chain saws and trucks.  My hope in this team effort is that our volunteers can accomplish in one day what might take a whole week for a single resident or family.


Honestly, this isn’t a necessity but it would be a bonus if there are some who would be willing to babysit so that other adults, especially mothers, could volunteer in Henryville.  I’m guessing this would be at people’s homes but I’m open to suggestions.


I will consult FBH about the prospect of bringing children.  Last Sunday kids did help at FBH but I don’t know if they will be able to on March 17th.  I’ll keep you posted.


Please email Josh Abetti (joshabetti@gmail.com) if you’d like to volunteer for the work day.  There will also be an announcement this coming Sunday at church and you can sign-up at the donation table after church in the fellowship hall.  You will also have to sign a provided medical liability form