World Help, a Christian international humanitarian organization, has announced a new campaign to provide aid to Chinese families in cities that have been deemed high risk for the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.
The virus, which has killed more than 900 people in China, has prompted the government to quarantine almost 60 million Chinese citizens. Increasing demand for face masks has caused a widespread shortage, and food supplies are running low as prices are increasing.
World Help is partnering with local pastors to distribute emergency relief in the provinces surrounding Wuhan. The aid will include protective face masks and food ($20 provides a week's worth of food and a mask for one person in a high-risk area).
"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."
"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."
To learn more about World Help's crisis response to the coronavirus and to give a gift, visit https://worldhelp.net/disaster.