Once again, some communities in the Chicagoland area near Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) experienced strong storms and straight-line winds this past week.
Deaconess Kathy O’Day, Director of Disaster Response, Lutheran Church Charities, was contacted by Deaconess Lauren Olsen who serves at St. John Lutheran Church in Union, Illinois, with a request for chainsaw assistance at her own home and her neighbor’s. Between them, they had seven trees that were either blown over or split in half by straight-line winds.
Since LCC was having a scheduled chainsaw training and workday at Walcamp, we were able to utilize these two sites as a training location. After an assessment, a team of Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) chainsaw volunteers and a mini-bobcat were deployed to cut and clear the downed and damaged trees in their yards.
Both of the homeowners expressed their appreciation and God’s blessings to LCC for the quick response and to the following L.E.R.T. volunteers who so graciously came and served at their homes to clear the damage.
Immanuel, Belvidere – Carl Jurgens, Nick Shepherd, Dean Ulrich
Immanuel, DeKalb – Pete Springmire
Lord of Life, LaFox – Brad Fann, Jeff Straughn, Larry Zagorski
Messiah, Sterling – Jacob Beets
St. Paul, Janesville – Lark and Terry Sanders
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.