A Christian humanitarian organization has announced a new campaign to provide aid to Chinese families in cities that have been deemed high risk for the deadly coronavirus as the death toll rises above 1,000.
World Help, an organization serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world, announced that it’s partnering with pastors on the ground to distribute emergency relief in the provinces surrounding Wuhan.
The aid will include protective face masks and food for those living in areas where the coronavirus is spreading.
“The situation in the areas surrounding Wuhan is critical. Our partners tell us people feel helpless — they don’t know if they are going to be the next person to get infected. Worst of all, they can’t find or afford the supplies they need to protect their families and keep them healthy,” said Vernon Brewer, founder of World Help. “They’re scared. And they need our help.”
The death toll from the coronavirus — a respiratory illness with pneumonia-like symptoms — is continuing to climb, Chinese officials said on Tuesday. By the end of Monday, 1,016 people had died from the coronavirus — an increase of 108 from the previous day, the government said.
The number of confirmed infections in China also skyrocketed to at least 42,638 from about 40,000 a day earlier. Most of the infections are in Hubei.
The rapid spread of the coronavirus has resulted in police-enforced quarantines and lockdowns across the country. Increasing demand has created a shortage of protective face masks, and food supplies are running low as prices continue to rise.
According to World Help, $20 will provide a week’s worth of food and a protective mask to one person.
“Thankfully, many brave Christians and pastors are still visiting their sick neighbors and congregation members,” Brewer said. “They are ready and willing to pass out the lifesaving aid that supporters make possible so people in China can experience the love of Christ. As Christians, we have a responsibility to show the love of Christ to our neighbors in crisis — whether they live next door or around the world.”
“Please stand with these Chinese families in their darkest hour,” said Brewer.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett