Dear People of God in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York:
Earlier today, I was in touch with Bishop Terry White of the Diocese of Kentucky, which is reeling after the terrible tornadoes that ripped through the western part of that state last weekend. The storm was likely the worst ever to hit Kentucky, and it left at least 76 people dead, including 12 children, and thousands of people homeless. Many people of the Diocese of Kentucky have lost their homes, cars, possessions and communities, and many are grieving friends and family who have died or been injured.
This year, in lieu of our regular Christmas fundraising appeal to support our own diocesan ministries, I ask that you join me in making a generous donation to the Diocese of Kentucky. Together, we can help our fellow Episcopalians recover from the devastation they have suffered and show God’s love to their communities. By donating to Bishop White’s discretionary fund, we can help make it possible for him and his staff to get funds to churches that were in the path of the storm and need immediate help.
You can donate to the Diocese of Kentucky online or you can send a check payable to “Diocese of KY Bishop’s Discretionary Fund” with “tornado relief” in the memo line and mail to:
The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky
425 S. 2nd Street Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202
As we prepare to welcome the Christ Child into our hearts, please pray for our friends in Christ in Kentucky, for the communities they serve, and for all those in harm’s way this Christmas season. Thank you, as always, for your generosity and care for those in need.