LCC Disaster Response Is Monitoring Storms Coming into the Gulf but Meanwhile Working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Your Donations Needed to Help During Long Recovery Efforts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
Helping Families Affected by August Storms
The same derecho that barreled through northern Illinois on August 10 also struck Cedar Rapids and surrounding towns in Iowa first, with 100 mph winds causing major destruction to homes, businesses, farms and crops.
Lutheran Church Charities Director of Disaster Response, Kathy O’Day and Pete Springmire, Advanced Chainsaw Team Leader, spent two full days last week assessing damage at 45 homes in Cedar Rapids and surrounding small towns. Their work helps the LCMS Iowa East District identify sites that LCC Disaster Response will provide chainsaw assistance to, utilizing the boom lift and our heavy equipment.
We have been invited to assist by Jason Koepnick, King of Kings Lutheran Church L.E.R.T. Team Leader. Jason has been coordinating all volunteers for the Iowa East District to over a hundred sites since the derecho, spanning a wide area for the disaster response in Cedar Rapids.
Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response L.E.R.T. teams have begun serving out of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids and working in and around there this week. We intend to assist the Iowa East District through September 26th.
The Iowa District has done much work over the last month with local and out of state L.E.R.T. teams and other faith-based groups. However, these groups left the area for the gulf coast to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.
The Iowa L.E.R.T. teams welcome the assistance LCC Disaster Response can provide. On Tuesday, the L.E.R.T. volunteers completed work at Pastor Woldermath’s home and the church property in Atkins, Iowa. He is pastor of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church.
Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response L.E.R.T. teams are continuing to respond and serve with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, lodging, and meal costs. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
Please consider a donation to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or LCC Disaster Response Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that we may continue to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.