LCC received a thank you note following an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry® Virtual Visit with staff at Agnes Healthcare Baltimore Hospital, Maryland, with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Abraham (Trinity Lutheran - Hicksville, New York), Amos (Our Savior's Way - Ashburn, Virginia), and Kezia (Emmanuel - Baltimore, Maryland).
Wow! Thank you so much for the lovely visit. I wish you could have been in each room to see the smiles and the way every person just relaxed. So beautiful, and such a gift! We thank God for you and your ministry. Our thanks for your presence, your kindness, and your prayers. I hold you in mine, that all will be well with you and yours.
As I think more about what it meant to have you at Saint Agnes, I know that the staff really appreciated the care and love shared by your team, and the prayers you will offer for us. Staff here care for strangers every day, often without acknowledgement. It was a startling change of pace to have strangers reach out and care for us, and initially a bit challenging to change gears to receive that caring in the middle of a busy day.
The dogs were a wonderful ice-breaker, opening hearts up to more tender feelings and thoughts. They created a space where staff could receive love and care into those tender places we sometimes keep closed off at work in self-defense.
I deeply appreciate you, both as a chaplain who cares for staff here, and as a person whose heart you touched and whose spirit you encouraged!
Universal enthusiasm here for having an "in dog" visit with Kezia when things open up!
Grace and peace be with you.
With prayers that you and your ministry will flourish,
Jan M. McDonnell, MD, MA, BCC
Saint Agnes Healthcare
The following note was received from the Village of Glenview (Illinois) Police Department:
Dear Lutheran Church Charities,
With sincere gratitude, I send this note of thanks and appreciation to you and crew from LCC K-9 Police Ministry for supporting and joining us for the Glenview Police Department’s National Missing Children’s Day event held on May 18, 2019.
Your spirited generosity, which included several comfort dogs and personnel, were greatly appreciated. Please thank each individual personally from me. I, along with other members of this department, look forward to working with you on future events.
Thank you again, and please do not hesitate to let us know how we can assist you as well.
William T. Fitzpatrick
Chief of Police
The Village of Glenview
Last week, LCC received the following letter from one of the students at St. John Lutheran School in Lansing, Illinois, via Sue Olson, a teacher. The assignment was to write a paragraph to welcome a new puppy; look up and write the Bible verse and add detail; look up where their name came from and add a detail; and write a prayer. Below is an excerpt from one of the students’ letters to Jemimah:
“Your name in the Bible is Job’s first daughter and that’s really cool because your name had to live with six thousand camels. I wonder if you will ever meet a camel. If you do, be careful, because it might step on you and that would be really bad.”
Thank you to Ms. Olson’s class for your kind words and letters. God bless you all!
LCC recently received a generous donation from Ethan for his fundraising efforts with the following note:
“Dear Mr. Martin,
As you know for the last four months, I have been raising $ for your charity for my Mitzvah project as I became a Bar Mitzvah on 5/25/19. Please find the enclosed check totaling more than $2,000 which includes multiple fundraisers plus my and my parent’s personal contributions. Also enclosed please find a shirt that my family and I wore during the fundraising activities. Thank you for what your charity does.
Thank you Ethan, and your family, for your fundraising efforts and generous hearts. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams hold all those impacted at Marjory Douglas High School, as well as their families and the community, in our hearts forever! Your generosity will help us continue to serve others who are hurting or in need.
City of Aurora Mayor Irvin met Shiloh Comfort Dog recently at a swearing-in ceremony for judges in the Kane County Courts. She had been invited to attend by Judge Cruz (pictured with the mayor).
Although we weren't able to visit with everyone who joined us on Christmas, I am thankful that several from LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs were able to help us give the Navy Recruits a day they will always remember! Thank you for all you did to help give the Navy Recruits a warm welcome and a show of appreciation for their willingness to sign up and serve in a time of war! We intend to host recruits again next year. Please join us if you can.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bob and Linda Stack
Concordia University Chicago
LCC received the following email on Thursday, December 13, from Concordia University Chicago:
I just wanted to take a moment to express my sincerest thank you for taking the time to come out and bring so much joy to our students, faculty, and staff at CUC. Having the Comfort Dogs come during finals week is always the highlight of the week for our campus and is loved by all. Both Tobias Comfort Dog (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois) and Emma Comfort Dog (LCC Staff) were wonderful and warmed the hearts of our students who often find it difficult to implement good self-care during this time. Thank you for all that you do and making the time to share this amazing experience with us.
Danielle Walejeski, M.A., LCPC, QPRT
Director of Counseling Services
Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, Illinois