Area Residents Asked to ‘Pray, Pay, Stay’
The Rev. Dan Layden, a member of Associated Churches Active in Disaster, said he had three words of advice to those eager to render aid: “Pray, pay and stay.”
“Those people who descend on disaster sites without a coordinated plan ... always get in the way,” he said. “At this time, we're promoting that people be very wary of going down there. We recommend people to stay home.”
Layden said area residents can help by donating to reputable relief agencies, many of which are listed at www.nvoad.org, the website of National Voluntary Organizations Involved in Disaster. The site includes listings for about two dozen groups, including the American Red Cross and denominational disaster outreach agencies, he said.
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