Update: Pecatonica, Illinois Parents of Six Children Lose Home to a Fire Print E-mail
The Wolf Family gathered at St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, Rockford, Illinois St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois held a benefit lunch for the Wolf family. LCC staff members Marie Payes, Vida Johnston and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara attended the event and brought a donation check for the family. The benefit was well attended by members of St. Paul Lutheran Church as well as many people from the community. Aaron and Lorrie Wolf asked that we convey their thanks to all of the people who have donated:
"We are just so humbled and thankful - we are overwhelmed with gratitude for all the wonderful people who are searching for ways to help us, making sacrifices for us. We just want to say thank you to everyone and ask for your prayers for wisdom and discernment so that we can honor God as we see what he has in store for us."

While this family is still in an emotionally and financially disadvantaged situation given the events they have endured, they express deep gratitude to those who have reached out and shown their compassion.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:35
Single Woman of Six Children in Need of a Van Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Mark Carlson of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering, Ohio

LCC received a request from Pastor Mark Carlson of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering, Ohio:
Dear Lutheran Church Charities,

Dawn Ogle is a woman our congregation has been ministering to who is in need of a van to carry 7 passengers. She has fallen on hard times due to a devastating house fire. Dawn is a grandmother caring for her six grandchildren whose mother passed away. We are so blessed that the Lord has been drawing Dawn into the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering congregation as she is now attending our Adult Instruction Class to become a Confirmed Member and we are planning to baptize her six grandchildren.

Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Mark Carlson

If you have a working van please consider donating it to LCC for this single mother. All vehicles that are donated to LCC go directly out to families or individuals through our congregations. NO vehicles are sold. If you would like to donate call LCC at 866-455-6466 and we will help with the details.

A Special Thank You from Micah's Family Print E-mail
Micah's new van The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs ministry would like to send a big ‘thank you’ to all who donated to and increased awareness about the ‘LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for Micah’ Fund.

Micah is a young boy who fell out of a two-story window when he was 1 year old. He was diagnosed with severe traumatic brain injury, seizures, blindness, and quadriplegia. Micah is fed through a feeding tube and is cared for by nurses during the day and by his mom at night.

On July 18th, 2013, Ladel visited Micah and his family. When he was placed on Ladel, his eyes opened wide and he began to joyfully squeal. Lauraine, Ladel's handler, explained that Micah was feeling Ladel's fur, hearing Ladel breathe and her heart beat.

As he got older and grew more, his mom began having a tougher and tougher time getting him in and out of her car. Because of this, the family was in desperate need of a handicap-accessible van.

Thanks to your generous donations, enough money was raised for Micah’s mom to obtain a handicap-accessible van. The family joined members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Barrington, Illinois), its Special in God’s Eyes program, and Ladel Comfort Dog this morning to thank St. Matthew and everyone who donated.

Click Here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:52
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Featured in Book "If Not for the Perfect Stranger" Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Boston "Our ministry is honored to have our K-9 Comfort Dogs featured in a new book about the 2013 Boston Marathon. Luther, Ruthie, Maggie, Addie and other Furry Little Counselors are featured in a 17-page section recounting the comfort they provided to victims of the the bombings. As you may know, the K-9 Comfort Dog ministry operates solely on donations, and the publishers of "If Not for the Perfect Stranger" have earmarked a significant portion of each book's sale price for our ministry. Please use the links below to purchase the book, which has over 40 touching stories of how random acts of kindness saved and sustained lives, and how good triumphed over evil that day." - Tim Hetzner

At the 2013 Boston Marathon, after the worst happened Boston was at its best. A series of perfect strangers provided lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance to spectators and runners in need. From a shirt ripped off to be used as a tourniquet for the critically wounded, to a sweater, phone call, or just a hug for the cold, lost and scared. Over 40 spectators, runners and first responders share their stories of the moments of grace that not only saved lives, but created unbreakable bonds.

If Not for the Perfect Stranger "The stories in this book of extraordinary kindness from perfect strangers are uplifting, reaffirming and healing. But I hope you’ll take them a step further: be inspired to be a perfect stranger in someone else’s life." - Tedy Bruschi

"In 'If Not for the Perfect Stranger,' more than 40 poignant narratives are shared beautifully by those who lived them. This anthology, created and edited by Diane Montiel and ​Steve Alexander, themselves witnesses to ​the explosions, is a powerful and moving tribute to the victims and caregivers who found each​ other on a day that now lives in infamy." - Jack Fultz
Click here to read sample chapters

To purchase your copy, click below. You can also pay by credit card over the phone or by check by calling the publisher at 312-912-8639. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry (but you must use these links or call the publisher).

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 20:56
Calling All Cars - Consider Donating Your Vehicle to LCC and Receive Full Blue Book Value Print E-mail

Help Families in Need

Over the past couple of months, several requests for vehicles have come to LCC that we have not been able to fulfill. We are making a special appeal for vehicle donations. If you have a vehicle you're no longer using and would like to make a charitable donation, please contact our office. LCC credits you full Kelley Blue Book value for your donation. We are looking for cars that have been well cared for and are still serviceable with very little or no work needed. These vehicles are passed through directly to people and families in need. Thank you for considering helping someone in need with your used vehicle as the Christmas season approaches. Call LCC at (866) 455-6466 and we'll walk you through the donation process. Click here to see current needs
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:49
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