Lutheran Church Charities and Pastor Karl Glander, Director of the Amigos Center in Immokalee, thank donors for showing mercy and compassion through their generous donations to help the Amigos Center families who are still recovering from Hurricane Irma. Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, returned from spending a week in Florida using your donations to purchase and distribute bedding and appliances to families who have or will receive their beds. Pastor Karl Glander shares how the families are filled with joy and gratitude as their brand new items were delivered.
In December, LCC shared the story of Maria and her struggles following the hurricane. Maria lost everything but saw the hand of God putting people in her life to help her. Kathy prayed with Maria, asking God to continue His blessings in her life and give her courage and hope for the future. Last week, Kathy visited Maria who couldn’t wait to show Kathy her new bed and appliances. Maria talked about how she can cook all of her meals now, such as tortillas, rice and beans. She has gained weight because she can cook and sleep in her own home that is almost completed by volunteers and churches that have been giving and helping her generously. Maria told Kathy, “I lost everything, but to see the good in people that want to help just restores my faith.” Maria continues trusting that God will provide and bring blessings when she needs them and praising Him for all He has done.
Kathy returned to the community that was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Irma to visit Antonina. In November, LCC shared what it had been like for her family whose home was severely damaged by the storm. Antonina was excited to show Kathy her new beds, sheets, and mattress protector in the bedroom that her husband had fixed. Speaking through Evelyn, case manager for Amigos Center, Antonina stated they are so comfortable to sleep on and clean. She expresses thanks to LCC for providing them for her family. Even with the language barrier, Kathy could see her smile and hear the gratitude as she showed the beds and bedding stating over and over, “Muchas gracias!”
Brijida was so grateful for the new beds and bedding. She can’t believe that LCC and its donors were so good to her. Brijida kept repeating “God bless you” as she held and squeezed Kathy’s hands.
13 Amigos Center Families Still Need Beds and Appliances
There are thirteen families still waiting to receive beds with one family needing appliances as well. Twelve live in an apartment building that is still waiting for a new roof to be completed by the end of February. The roof has been tarped since the hurricane, so residents are currently using air mattresses to sleep on. One Immokalee family with three children are rebuilding their home which was damaged beyond repair and then demolished. All of these families are extremely thankful that LCC and its donors are willing to help them after their repairs or rebuilding is done.
Please prayerfully consider donating to help complete the Amigos Center family needs!