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Superstorm Sandy
Easter Baskets for Superstorm Sandy Survivors Print E-mail

Request from Debbie Houlihan, District Disaster Response Team admin at Good Shepherd, Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Easter Basket It has been nearly four months since Superstorm Sandy came ashore leaving families displaced and heartbroken. In New Jersey alone, 350,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the strong winds and extensive flooding. Town after town, all along the coast and sometimes for miles inland, streets were piled high with debris as families hauled their lifelong belongings to the curb.

People were sitting on their front steps totally overwhelmed and trying to escape the stench of sewage, gasoline, and dead fish that filled their living rooms. While we certainly have made some progress and are now starting to look towards some long term recovery goals, we are still in the relief mode in our area. Some towns have just recently had their power restored, and the majority of homes are gutted and not yet in a livable condition.

As we begin to wind down the wintry month of February and look to March, our hope is rekindling. There is a sense that the worst is now behind us, and we are cautiously optimistic to begin the 5-7 year recovery process. The members of our Sandy Response Team would like to use this tender time to point our unchurched neighbors to the true source of our hope and joy, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are planning an Easter outreach and would like to distribute baskets on Palm Sunday with an invitation to join us for Worship Services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Baskets will contain devotionals, Christian Easter materials, some sweets, and useful gift cards to stores such as Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, Shoprite, and Stop & Shop.

We would like to invite you to join us in support of this outreach opportunity through your prayers, supplies, and donations of gift cards in any denomination.

For donations contact Lutheran Church Charities at (866)455-6466.

Click here for non-monetary donation form Thank you for your kindness towards those who have been devastated by Superstorm Sandy. May our risen Lord be glorified this Easter in the lives and homes of all who receive these baskets.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:48
UPDATE - Superstorm Sandy Recovery Estimated to Take 5-7 Years Print E-mail
Chainsaw Teams aid after Superstorm Sandy An email for a NJ relief worker states "The majority of people affected by Sandy cannot live in their homes right now. Some homes were damaged severely by the hurricane winds, but many more flooded from ocean salt water mixed with sewers and gasoline to a 4-5 ft height inside their home. As you drive by, these homes don't look bad from the outside, but if you go up to the door, you see everything is gutted down to the 2x4's, carpeting is removed, sheet rock is cut to a foot above the flood line, and all the furniture and household goods are gone... from the houses on the ocean to maybe 14-15 houses in... in so many towns along the Jersey coast for miles and miles. People can't live in these homes, so they're staying with friends or family or renting a place if they can afford it, or staying in hotels via FEMA. Some insurance companies haven't even come out yet, and some towns just got their electricity restored. People are waiting to see what their insurance covers, or if they have to raise the height of their whole house, etc. It's complicated, and very expensive. They've lost everything, so they'll eventually need so much to make their homes livable again."

Chainsaw Teams Needed NOW in Lenoka Harbor, New Jersey

Pastor Mark Stillman and Village Lutheran Church are welcoming chainsaw volunteer teams right now for work in the five counties surrounding Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey. They have capacity for about 20 volunteers each week supplying lodging and meals for a suggested donation of $20 per person per night. They are facing a backlog of over 700 requests for tree removal and expect the need to stretch for at least two months. Contact Dianna Bonfield at (866) 455-6466 with questions.

Click here for Superstorm Sandy Volunteer Information Click here to donate
St. John Lutheran Church, Darien, Illinois Sew What Group Sends Quilts to East Coast Hurricane Survivors Print E-mail
Sew What Group sends quilts to Superstorm Sandy Survivors Debbie, a New Jersey resident and hurricane relief volunteer, shares that the quilts are a comfort for the recipients:
"When people understand the time that goes into making them, they are really touched by the kindness of strangers, they somehow feel less alone in their troubles.

A devotional booklet 'God is Our Shelter and Strength' is distributed with each quilt, along with any notes pinned to the quilt by the sewers. This storm has been devastating to so many people. Some will rebuild, but others will have to walk away from their home and start over. Their lives are completely changed, and that is a big loss to endure. Everything is gone... and they have to start building a whole new life now.

We're doing what we can to help them, but they estimate it's a 5-7 year recovery for our area. It's going to take a long time. I thank you for caring. May our Heavenly Father richly bless the work of your hands as you and the other quilters faithfully serve Him through your beautiful ministry to the hurting."

LCC Chainsaw Team Blesses Family in More Ways Than One Print E-mail
chainsaw team gives gift in New Jersey The LCC chainsaw crew currently serving in New Jersey has added a special touch to their ministry. For each family they serve the team cuts a piece from one of the trees and signs it as a memento. At one home they learned the owner's father was in the hospital and not expected to survive much longer. Karen Fulkerson from the chainsaw crew explains further and identifies people in the picture...
"This is Steve, Dan, homeowner Lori, and Sherri. We just finished and gave her our gift. We prayed with Lori because her father is dying. As we were leaving she got a call from the hospital and it doesn't look good. Please keep Lori and her family in your prayers."
This is the way LCC serves. By bringing aid to people suffering and in need the doors are open to do so much more ministry. That's how chainsaw volunteers become prayer partners sharing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ. Click here to register as a chainsaw volunteer
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Click here to donate to Superstorm Sandy relief
Last Updated on Sunday, 24 February 2013 15:34
Latest LCC Chainsaw Team Working in New Jersey This Week Print E-mail
Chainsaw Teams The latest team of LERT trained chainsaw volunteers arrived in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey this past Monday. Team leader Andy Radetski from Immanuel Palatine was greeted by Ed Boerman from Trinity Lisle who had arrived Saturday to supervise all the work for the week. Andy's team of seven includes Art Haehnel from Living Christ Arlington Heights, Karen Fulkerson and Sherri Berquist from Holy Cross Portage, Indiana, Steve Harrison from Immanuel Dundee, Bob Schlaf from St. Luke Itasca, and Dan Daube from St. John Lombard.

A team from Epiphany Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida joins the LCC team along with another volunteer from Pennsylvania. That brings to twelve the number of volunteers working from Village Lutheran Church in Lanoka Harbor this week. The church has received over 750 requests for tree removal from residents over a five county region. The church has capacity for twenty volunteers a week and is hoping more teams of chainsaw volunteers will register with LCC for the coming weeks.

Click here to view photo gallery Click here to register as a chainsaw volunteer
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Last Updated on Sunday, 03 February 2013 19:37
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