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Special Appeal - Two Best Friends - High School Cheerleaders - Killed - Others Injured in Belvidere Accident Print E-mail

Support for Families and Friends through Immanuel Belvidere, Lutheran Church Charities and K-9 Comfort Dogs

LCC Establishes Fund to help all the Families Involved in Crash

Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. Psalms 41:1

On Friday night, February 24th, three families were involved in a two car crash on Route 76 in Belvidere, Illinois. Belvidere North High School juniors and cheerleaders Brenda Gutierrez and Thalia Arredondo lost their lives in the crash. They were on their way to cheer at a basketball game when the car they were driving apparently hit ice, slid into oncoming traffic and was struck by an SUV. The family of four in the other vehicle suffered injuries and the father is still hospitalized.

Working with Immanuel Belvidere, LCC first got involved bringing a dozen K-9 Comfort Dogs to Belvidere North High School on Monday, February 27. Dogs and handlers spent the day bringing comfort to the students and faculty. We were also invited to bring dogs to visit students at the middle school. We will continue to provide a presence as long as we are needed.

Click here for photos from Monday at Belvidere North High School 

The story that's not being told is the trauma to the two young children, a kindergartener and a fifth grader, in the SUV who witnessed the deaths of the high school girls. The family lives close to a mission outpost of Immanuel, and they have medical and financial needs as a result of the accident as the father remains hospitalized with a broken leg and is unable to work. The families of the two cheerleaders also need help with funeral expenses.  

K9 Comfort Dogs at Belvidere North HS
Sue Piske from Immanuel Lutheran in Belvidere, Illinois with LCC K9 Comfort Dogs Zina and Olympia

Thank you for Being the Presence of Christ to these three families and the hundreds affected by this accident and for Making A Difference in the Name of Christ!

Tim Hetzner

Lutheran Church Charities

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:06