Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tropical Storm Relief in Linfield

Floodwaters wash over a car in Dominica where Tropical Storm Erika has killed at least 20 people, with many more still missing.

In Ian's Boots is trying to pull together 1,500 pairs of shoes for victims of Tropical Erika in Dominica.

The shoes will be assembled and packed up for delivery to UNICEF starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, at the Linfield Shoe Box, 43 Railroad St., Linfield.

According to CNN, flooding from Erika has killed 20 people in Dominica, "as torrential rains burst the banks of rivers and streams with turbulent force. Erika swept away even more people, who are still missing, authorities there said."

Dominica was deluged by 12 inches of rain in fewer than 10 hours, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. The waters also pushed walls of mud down hills, destroying homes and livelihoods.

They have cut off the village of Petite Savanne, where rescuers are searching for mudslide victims, with other countries in the region providing helicopters and other assistance.

In Ian's Boots is a non-profit named after the late Ian Joshua Miller a North Coventry 12-year-old who was killed in 2010 in a sledding accident.

Inside his ski boot was found this Bible passage, James 1:2-4:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
His parents, Ron and Holly Wastler-Miller, founded In Ian's Boots in his memory. The non-profit collects and provides footwear for needy families.


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