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Dollar-In Dollar-Out Policy

Lutheran Church Charities operates with a policy where 100% of the money donated to a specific need goes toward that need. The transaction costs will be paid by LCC administrative funds, not from a percentage off of the donation.
Needs Met
Thank You For the Generous Donation of Winter Clothes Print E-mail
Coats Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Schipull for the donations of winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for the Haitian Mission to use in proclaiming Christ.
LCC Able to Give Money for Relocation Print E-mail
Schilf Thanks to your generous donations, LCC was able to deliver a check to Pastor Schilf at Immanuel Palatine to help with a family in need looking to relocate to better accommodate members with special needs.

Read the Original Appeal

Offices Setup at St. John, Northbrook Print E-mail
Northbrook LCC would like to extend a "thank you" to LCC volunteers for their time and physical help.

Helmut Mueller, Trip Chandor, Norm Dadian, Earl Leschinski and LCC staff members Joel Moritz and Dianna Bonfield worked to load furniture that will be used in set up at St. John, Northbrook.

Thank you also to the LCC volunteers Helmut Mueller, Trip Chandor, Mike Flaherty and LCC staff members Dan Fulkerson, Dianna Bonfield and Joel Moritz who worked on Friday to set up two offices at Northbrook.

New Shelving Put Up in LCC Disaster Response Warehouse Print E-mail
warehouse During the afternoon of Monday, November 3, three LCC volunteers - Helmut Mueller, Mike Flaherty and Mark Handrock - spent the afternoon finishing up the setup of the industrial shelving units that were added earlier this year in the LCC storage locker.

Thank you gentlemen! Your time and efforts will make it possible for volunteers to easily unload and put disaster response supplies into storage.

Haitian Student Needs Met Print E-mail
Check We would like to thank all of our generous donors for their donations to the Haitian Scholarship Fund. We were able to deliver a check so that a child will have a chance to continue their education. Pictured is Cheryl White, who accepted the check on behalf of the student. Read the Original Request
Spiritual Care Kits Donated to LCC Print E-mail
Jeannine Scheftel On Monday, October 27, Jeannine Scheftel of the Happy Hands Craft Group at Immanuel Lutheran Church delivered 12 spiritual care kits which will be used Disaster Response. Each of the Spiritual Care Kits contains items to help with the pain that can come in the time of a disaster. Among those items included is a $50 gift card to help with expenses.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:02
1999 Nissan Maxima Donated Print E-mail
Car Donation We would like to thank Dona and Kate Lehman of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Downers Grove for their donation of a 1999 Nissan Maxima.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:03
LCC Hands Out Donations to Refugee Families from Haiti Print E-mail
donation On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 8, Pastor Jean Bingue stopped by the office to pick up donations of clothing, blanket and baby blankets, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and hand-made winter scarfs and mittens, which he will hand out to some of the refugee families that are served through the Haitian mission at Bethesda Chicago.
LCC Receives Check from St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods Print E-mail
Check On Monday, September 22nd, Helen Burnidge and Delores Crisara from St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods presented LCC President Tim Hetzner a donation from part of the proceeds from their annual pig roast.

Watch next July for information about St. Matthew's Annual Pig and Corn Roast!

Incoming Venezuelan Pastor to St. Martini, Milwaukee, in Need of a Car Print E-mail
UPDATE: LCC was able to provide a vehicle to this ministry. Thank you for your generous donations.

Request from St. Martini Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

sanctuary.jpg St. Martini Lutheran Church is part of the Hispanic Lutheran Ministry in Wisconsin. Their new Pastor, Reverend Alfonso Prada, had arrived in Milwaukee from Venezuela late last year. He was installed on September 20, 2013. He and his wife are in need of a vehicle in order to assist them in carrying out the mission work among the Hispanic families of 270 school students at St. Martini, a small inner-city congregation with a large outreach to the community through their school. St Martini does not have the resources to provide Pastor Prada with a car. The donation of a reliable vehicle would be a great blessing to St. Martini and the Hispanic community they serve.

If you have a car to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:45
Need For Gas Stove and Refrigerator Met Print E-mail
Donation A few weeks ago, Pastor Guillermo Jerez sent an appeal for a gas stove and a refrigerator for a family in his congregation in need. Last week the need for the stove was met, and on Saturday the need for the refrigerator was met when Susan Fischer of Immanuel, Palatine donated her refrigerator.
Algerian Family in Need of Funds to Move into Apartment Print E-mail
Family Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard

On Saturday, September 20, LCC received the following request

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A new Algerian family moved two weeks ago to the US after winning an immigration visa through lottery. LCC had helped in temporary housing, but the family has found an apartment, and needs help with moving fees ad other expenses. The expenses are estimated at $750 God has brought this Muslim family to Salam for a reason; Salvation. It is His will for all to be saved. Please show the love of Christ by donating generously to this cause.

Click here to read "A Way of Forgiveness", an article about Rev. Hicham Chehab going from being a sniper to being a pastor

In God's Peace
Hicham Chehab
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship
21w500 Butterfield Rd
Lombard, IL 60148
Mobile 3316450650
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:51
Comfort Dog Kits Donated to LCC Print E-mail
Comfort dog Kits On Monday, September 8, Jeannine Scheftel of the Happy Hands Craft Group of Immanuel Lutheran Church delivered 12 spiritual care kits which will be used by some of our handlers for their go bags and 12 plastic totes for disaster response.

When the handlers go out with the dogs in a crisis situation, listening and absorbing peoples stories, by the end of the day they become emotionally and spiritually depleted. When they get back to their room they can take their Spiritual Care Kit from their "Go Bag" and get some spiritual nourishment and renewal for the next day of ministry.

The 12 large plastic totes that the group the donated will be handed out to families at disaster sites to store any of their small belongings they are able to salvage.

Disabled Lutheran Vietnam Veteran Needs a Car to Replace Stolen Vehicle Print E-mail

Request from Reverend Chris Browne and Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Neva Avenue in Chicago

On Friday, April 25th, LCC President Tim Hetzner received the following appeal from Reverend Chris Browne from Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL:
Cliff is a Vietnam veteran who also suffered injuries due to a fall, and wears a back brace. Although he is well enough to ride a bicycle to our church, he regularly needs to make trips to the VA Hospital for therapy and treatments. This was no difficulty for him until January 2014 when his car was stolen (he has given me a copy of the police report to verify this). Although up to this point, Cliff had been attending a nearby Bible church with his girlfriend; because of his Lutheran roots he also received the Northern Light through the mail. Something he saw there caused him to contact LCC in hopes of receiving a replacement vehicle for his, which was stolen.

Since then, Cliff has attended worship services at Our Saviour (Neva Avenue) on a weekly basis. He is a very energetic (even restless) person, who seems genuinely interested in helping others and the church when he can. Cliff is a retired engineer and is able to make repairs to a car that may require it.

If you know of a vehicle for Cliff, please call Lutheran Church Charities at 866-455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:28
LCC Able to Give Car to Man in Need Print E-mail
Carl On Friday, September 5, LCC was able to provide Carl a much needed car. A cancer survivor and single father, Carl is very grateful for the relief this gift will give to his paying for medical bills and raising a child.
Iraqi Family Provided with Car Print E-mail
Iraqi Family Thanks to your generous donations we were able to provide a family of five with a car for their needs.
Seven Vehicles Needed for Washington, Illinois Families Print E-mail
Washington Illinois tornado vehicles needed LCC received the following request through Pastor Tom Heren of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, Illinois. Debbie McDade is a resident of Washington, Illinois and has been helping many of the people of Washington get back on their feet after the November 17, 2013 EF4 tornado. Right now her group of volunteers is teaming up with Our Savior Lutheran Church to raise awareness for seven families that have lost their vehicles in the tornado and did not have car insurance that would cover it. Here is her request:
Good morning,

My name is Debbie McDade and I live in Washington, Illinois. On November 17th, an EF4 tornado damaged or destroyed 1300 homes in my small community. Since that first day, I have been working hard at helping our displaced residents get into homes and getting the things they need to try to get back to some kind of normal until they can rebuild their homes in Washington.

There are several of us volunteering in this way. About three weeks ago, I called Lutheran Church Charities about the possibility of helping us get some donated cars for those families that lost their cars and are not able to replace them because of finances. If you are able to help, this will be orchestrated through our local Lutheran church, Our Savior, with the help of Lutheran Church Charities. LCC has been one of our best supporters throughout this whole thing (tornado recovery process).

Most of the people on my list are from the Georgetown Commons Apartments where most residents were barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. A few others are people that I've met during this process that I would like considered for a gifted vehicle. Here is the list of people in need (names have been taken out for their personal security):

  • Washington Illinois tornado Vehicles NeededThis gentleman is a Ranger in the US Army and has twice been deployed to combat in Iraq. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is progressing very well with help from the local VA. He has started taking other PTSD vets to counseling with him. He has a 6-year-old daughter that he will be getting custody of soon. His truck needs a new engine so he is using his brother's car. It has no back brakes and needs a lot of work to become safe for driving, but It's his only option.
  • This woman's vehicle was totaled by the tornado. She cannot afford to fix it or make the payments on it. She just started a new job in Washington two weeks before the storm and drives from across the river to work daily. She would be happy with any vehicle, but would really love a truck or van so that she could someday do dog rescues again.
  • This woman is a 45-year-old mother of an adult child with disabilities. She's a full time nursing student living on student loans and a Pell grant. Her vehicle was also totaled in the tornado. She took the rest of her savings and bought a used SUV, trying to be responsible for herself and get to her classes. The car ran for 36 days and the engine threw a rod. The dealer that sold it to her will do nothing to help her. She has been using a car rented by a charity, but that is no longer an option for her.
  • This man was visiting his son's home the day of the tornado. The neighbor's tree smashed his car and his son's truck. The neighbor has moved away and is not rebuilding. We have not been able to find a way to get a hold of them. He still owes $10,000 on the car that was totaled. He bought it about a year and a half ago. He only had liability on it though because it sits in that driveway whenever he travels by bus back to Mexico City to spend time in the home he built for his family.
  • The mom of this family of five gave birth to their 3rd child a couple of hours after the tornado and is known locally as "Tornado Mom". They lost everything that day, and while they got a lot of help right after the storm, they still need help. They have a small car and have not been able to replace their other vehicle that was destroyed. The husband works road construction and has been laid off for the winter season. Even a mid-sized car would be a huge improvement for this family of five.
  • The mom of this family of five was in the Army as a medic and was a First Responder at the Georgetown Commons apartments on Nov 17th. They have three daughters, aged 6, 5, and 1 year old that they are raising. They are crippled by medical bills. Their first daughter was a St Jude kid and went through several rounds of chemo trying to save her life. In a last ditch effort, they removed half of her liver. Miraculously she has been 'cured' since then. Their 5 year old has been diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis and because it's an autoimmune disease and not a blood disease or cancer, she will not be considered to be a St Jude kid. She has gone completely blind in her left eye and is losing sight in her right eye. There is no drug that can help her arthritis that is approved for children so they have to pay for an adult drug that she has been taking for 2 years, but has taken her beyond the 18 months she had been given. The mother has been in the hospital a few times with health problems of her own since Christmas, and the father lost his job last week. His employer said he is not entitled to FMLA. Every month or month and a half the mother takes the middle child to Chicago to see her doctors, leaving the father without a car.
  • This gentleman and his fiance are living with her uncle that broke his leg in the tornado. They take care of him. The car they had was destroyed by the tornado and now they walk or get a ride from someone if they go anywhere. They were living in a condo that was leveled that day. The neighbor on the other side seems to have disappeared and they can't rebuild if he doesn't too, unless they buy his half, which they can't afford. They are really stuck. This gentleman is really suffering from PTSD from the tornado and is trying to find counseling but with no car his options are pretty limited.

I know this is a long list, but we would be happy with anything you can help us with.

God bless you all and again, thank you,
Debbie McDade

If you have a working vehicle please consider donating it to LCC for these families. 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.

Click here to donate to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:31
LCC Able to Give Money for Handicapped Son's Bathroom Repair Print E-mail
Bathroom Thanks to your generous donations we were able to send a check to Aleza Chikko to help with the repairs of her disabled son's bathroom.
Your Donations at Work in Making A Difference Print E-mail




LCC would like to extend a generous "Thank You" to Brian and Karen Rooney (St. John, Darien) for their donation of of a 2000 Ford Focus SE.

The car has been donated to the Lopez family of Plano, Illinois. The family was in desperate need of a second vehicle after the father was involved in an automobile accident in July. The full story can be found here.

Thanks to Your Generous Donations Family Able to Continue Treatment for Child with Brain Cancer Print E-mail
Matthew and family Last fall, LCC helped in raising funds for Matthew and his family. This last Sunday, Matthew was given the okay to go out in public. LCC received the following email in thanks for the generous donations:
Matthew was a student at Good Shepherd Children's Center who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. Through Good Shepherd's Matthew Fund we raised more than $7000 to help support Matthew's family with the staggering medical bills. On Sunday, Matthew was able to join us in worship and we were able to pray over him in worship. Matthew's mom Jazmin wrote on Good Shepherd's Facebook page:

Thank you Pastor Phil for your help and allowing us to share Matthew's progress with everyone at Good Shepherd Sunday morning. We couldn't think of a better way of coming out and celebrating a beautiful day in his recovery when he is not susceptible to infection than spending a morning with the Good Shepherd community and our little angel Danielle (Chryssikos). She was able to get our story out while we were focusing on Matthew. As we slowly begin to return to some sort of normalcy it's nice to know we have people praying for Matthew's total and complete recovery. We ask that you continue to have Matthew in your prayers as he continues with 6 more months of chemotherapy and surgeries to correct the position of his eye and facial paralysis. Please pray that his transition back to being around kids his age, going to school, going to the park, to church, the movies and everything that a 5 -year-old should be experiencing goes smoothly. Above all please pray that his cancer does not return. Thank you all.

Phil Ressler
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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