Can you believe it’s already been three months since people in the southern US and Puerto Rico were pounded by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria? Time marches on, but the urgency to help hasn’t subsided. Thousands of people are still displaced from their hurricane-damaged homes.

In situations like these, the teens and young adults in our churches and schools often feel like they have no way to help.

(Perhaps your church has already done something to support the hurricane survivors. If so, thank you! Think for a moment, were your youth directly involved?)

World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) has created Operation Ruby Slipper so that teens and young adults can take action and help hurricane survivors get home.

Operation Ruby Slipper is a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that encourages youth to team up and raise money together by creating and promoting their own fundraising events. Team leaders can register their teams on our website and funds raised will be directed to World Renew DRS, specifically for hurricane response.

The goal for the campaign is $100,000. This amount will help up to 25 families rebuild their homes. The campaign will be open from November 29, 2017, to March 9, 2018. A team’s fundraiser can be a one-off event or an on-going campaign and can take place at any time during that timeframe.

Young people may not have a lot to give financially, but their energy and enthusiasm can work wonders. Will you encourage your students or youth group to participate?