Relief Work among the Tornado Sufferers

The relief work instituted by The Christian Science Board of Directors in the regions devastated by the tornado which recently swept across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, has proceeded satisfactorily, and many expressions of gratitude have been received. The relief work was promptly organized by competent Christian Scientists, who caused an immediate survey of the devastated areas to be made by volunteer workers from Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Indianapolis. The first needs of sufferers were relieved by donations of money and distribution of necessary supplies, including food, clothing, and household goods. Christian Science literature, including "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, was also distributed. The initial survey has been followed by others, and the work of rehabilitation which has been undertaken is still going on.

The following extracts from reports of those in charge of the relief work will give some understanding of the character and scope of the aid rendered. One worker writes:

"We immediately looked up members of the Christian Science Society, supplied what financial aid was then needed among them, and with their assistance reached out generally into the demolished sections of Murphysboro. The stores were open, but the banks were closed. There was no place to get money, and even had there been, many of the citizens were so dazed by the disaster that they would not have known how to obtain it. ... Stopping at Carbondale, we left there a Christian Science nurse we had brought from St. Louis and also three hundred dollars for a member of the Murphysboro society who was in the hospital. With these funds his daughter was enabled to rent an apartment and remove her father to it. ... My first stop was at West Frankfort, where the cyclone had razed an outlying section adjacent to a mine. We found nothing there except debris; it was entirely abandoned. We pressed on to Benton, where we located a Christian Scientist and arranged for investigation and conference on return there that evening."

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