Responding to Gustav

World Vision is preparing to distribute hygiene items, clothing, and toys in Dallas and Jackson, Mississippi, for millions of people who are fleeing Hurricane Gustaf, spokeswoman Rachel Wolff told me this afternoon.

The Christian relief and development organization has been working with more than 150 churches and organizations along the Gulf coast, Dallas, and Jackson since Hurricane Katrina.

"We expect that people are going be turning to churches house them," Wolff said. "The faith community is going to be at the forefront of this response. We want to make sure people don't fall through the cracks. Even if the storm misses the U.S., we still have more than million people are evacuated who still have needs."

The organization distributed $10.2 million worth of donated goods and $6.1 million in grants to local churches and organizations after Hurricane Katrina. Donations to World Vision can be made by calling (888) 56-CHILD on on its Web site at www.worldvision.org.

Howard M. Friedman at Religion ...

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