Thank you for your recent gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response. Because you have chosen to act in this time of crises, survivors of disasters will have renewed hope.
Whether you gave to relief efforts for a specific disaster or generally, I want to share an update about what we’ve been able to do thanks to you and supporters like you. Your generosity allows us to respond to urgent needs, and provide long-term care as survivors of disasters rebuild.
Over the last five weeks, our church has been able to respond to the unprecedented number of disasters around the globe with efforts including:
- In Texas, where Hurricane Harvey caused destruction, we’re hiring a disaster response coordinator to work with our partners and affiliates to connect volunteers and donations to where they’re needed most.
- In Cuba, where Hurricane Irma made landfall, we’re supporting the distribution of items like cookware, dishes and blankets to help families get back to normal life.
- ·In Mexico, where three major earthquakes struck within weeks, we’re supporting our local partner as they distribute food, water and other basic necessities to those who have lost their homes.
- In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Hurricane Maria left devastation, we’re coordinating the delivery of critical items including dry food, generators and solar-powered phones.
Recovery from the disasters in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other island nations will take years. Long-term recovery efforts are the specialty of Lutheran Disaster Response. Thanks to donors like you, those efforts have already begun.
To stay up-to-date on our efforts across the United States and the Caribbean, visit the Lutheran Disaster Response blog and follow us on Facebook.
With gratitude and fellowship in Christ,
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America