Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Drive

Early in the morning on Wednesday, September 26, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. It was one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall on the small island. Just about the entire U.S. territory was left without power, trees were downed, and roads were blocked, which has made it almost impossible for help to reach those who are most in need.

In the wake of this catastrophe, the World Mission Society Church of God held a disaster relief drive to aid those on the island. From October 3 to October 15, the Church held a multi-state effort to collect as many necessary items as possible. Members introduced the disaster relief campaign to their workplaces, schools, and even military bases. With empathy, their colleagues at more than 300 organizations were receptive.

So members quickly mobilized and set up collection boxes for donations in their lunch areas, conference rooms, welcome areas, or areas of high traffic at work. Colleagues donated thousands of items to the cause, including canned meats, chlorine dioxide water purification tablets, medical supplies, hygiene kits, diapers, and batteries.

Helping On the Ground

Meanwhile, volunteers from the Church of God in Puerto Rico forgot about their own needs and, immediately after the hurricane, started helping their neighbors. Volunteers went from house to house to check on their neighbors, help them clear out flood waters and much, and simply share a smile and words of encouragement amidst disaster.

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Donation Drive Finale

Back on the East Coast, the Church closed the drive on October 15th with a thank you luncheon for all the supporters. Volunteers gathered donations in workplaces, schools, military bases, apartment complexes, and even at their gyms. This was an effort between 12 states, Washington, D.C., and even the Dominican Republic and Trinidad.

Donations came in from colleagues at various companies and organizations such as The New York Times, the United Nations, Whalen Architecture, Cornell University, Rutgers University, and bases of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Air Force.

During the finale, donors enjoyed a slate of authentic Puerto Rican foods and desserts. They also wrote encouraging letters to the people affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

To deliver the items, a group of Church of God volunteers will travel to the island. They will hand deliver the goods to the members of the Church in Aguadilla, Bayamón, Caguas, Carolina, and Ponce. And the members in Puerto Rico will then distribute everything to local households in need.

To learn more about how you can help, or participate in future volunteer efforts, do not hesitate to contact us.

2018-05-24T00:04:40+00:00October 16, 2017|Categories: Activities, Disaster Relief|16 Comments


  1. Quinn December 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    What a great united effort! Everyone looks so happy to be taking part!

  2. tapiwa toruvanda December 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Thank You Heavenly Mother for putting Your nature in us Your children. Its good to have back in our lives.Please let Your love touch everyone as it has touched us. We will love our neighbors just as You commanded and show us the way through Your teachings and good examples You set for us.

  3. Joey December 14, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    It’s really nice to see people come together like this and help others without expecting anything in return. Great job Church of God.

  4. Rosy December 23, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Wherever WMSCOG members go, hope and love are overflowing.

  5. Jelly December 24, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

    They spent their time and energy helping victims. How great and precious they are! God the Father and Mother have shown
    us examples of love. Thanks to Them.

  6. James December 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    I am so moved to see so many branches of the World Mission Society: Church of God donating goods to those in need in Puerto Rico. I can only imagine the difference it must make to so many suffering individuals out there. All thanks be to God for putting it in these members hearts to love their neighbors as themselves with a true and genuine joy.

  7. sonia December 31, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    They are so great! It’s not easy to take part in volunteer activities. They show and practice God’s true love.

  8. Rosina December 31, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I wish the members of WMSCOG to continue their good work.
    All this is for the glory of Heavenly mother ! God bless you ! Animo !

  9. szaz January 2, 2018 at 4:11 am - Reply

    This is the moment that Mother’s love is badly needed cuz the Church of God volunteers taught by Heavenly Mother know well how to help ppl in need.

  10. Justin January 4, 2018 at 11:29 am - Reply

    The Church of God really came together and shined the Glory of God in Puerto Rico it’s really amazing volunteer work

  11. grace lee January 7, 2018 at 4:43 am - Reply

    I’m so proud to be a member of WMSCOG. Volunteer work of the WMSCOG is global.
    They are our truly our neighbor and light and salt in this world.
    Thanks to Elohim God who lead us the righteous way.

  12. jhodelyn olaivar January 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply


  13. Azzy February 5, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    These volunteer efforts are awesome. I never had such opportunities to volunteer like this until I joined the World Mission Society Church of God. It is so refreshing to work side by side with people who really care about their global community even in times of hardships and disasters.I heard many good things about the work the Church of God was able to do in Puerto Rico. Thank you!

  14. Nenita February 17, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Being united in Elohim God and doing good deeds and giving helping hands to people in need…. all these can please God. Way to go, WMSCOG brothers and sisters!!

  15. hana February 22, 2018 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Thank you for your kindness. You guys are the Best!!

  16. unknown March 2, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Thanks to the volunteers of the Church of God, Puerto Rico has got back together. Awesome with the your good work!

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