Help Families Affected by Irma and Harvey
Following closely on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma is poised to severely impact the entire state of Florida over the next couple of days. The storm already had devastating impacts in the Caribbean including in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Together Irma and Harvey will leave thousands of families without food, shelter, clothing, electricity and medical assistance.
For over 500 years Lutherans have come together in times like these to care for our neighbors.
Here’s how you can help today:
> Lutheran Services Florida Disaster Response brings immediate aid and ongoing assistance to help people rebuild their homes and their lives. In the short term, LSF ensures that communities aren’t abandoned following the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster. In the long term, the organization helps in the recovery effort with our neighbors. Donate here to support Lutheran Services Florida.
U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
> Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands provides immediate and long term relief to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in times of major disasters. Response support is activated to coordinate relief throughout the Territory, including emergency shelter, counseling, food delivery and home reconstruction. Donate here to support Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands.
> Lutheran Services of Georgia assists communities across the state when disaster strikes. The organization first focuses on addressing immediate and basic needs of the affected individuals by providing necessities like food, water and shelter. Once immediate needs are met, Lutheran Services of Georgia work with communities to help them rebuild. Donate here to support Lutheran Services of Georgia.
Texas and Louisiana
> Following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that has affected millions of Texans, Lutheran Services in America member Upbringis poised to help Texas families rebuild their lives. Upbring is attempting to raise $200,000 with 100 percent of the funds going directly to help families adversely affected by Harvey. Donate here to support Upbring.
> ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response provides ongoing assistance to those in need, including Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief – 100% of gifts for these disasters will be used until the response is complete. Make your gift here to support those affected by Harvey. Donate here to support Hurricane Irma relief.
> LCMS Disaster Response is leading relief efforts through the regions impacted by both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. A significant sustained relief effort is already underway in the disaster zone in Texas and relief efforts will begin in Florida as soon as teams are able to access affected areas. Donate here to support Hurricane Harvey relief. And donate here to support Hurricane Irma relief.
Other Ways to Help:
> Pray for those who are affected or in need following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
> Volunteer with local food banks, animal shelters and foster care facilities
> Partner with churches to send food, clothes, hygiene products, pet food, diapers and basic resources
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