LCC Disaster Response L.E.R.T. Volunteers Continue to Help Families with Property Cleanup 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 Disaster Response L.E.R.T. teams have finished the first week of chainsaw work with heavy equipment out of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Ten LCC L.E.R.T. volunteers completed work for eight LCMS congregation members, including St. Stephens Lutheran Church and Pastor Doug Woldemath in Atkins, Iowa.
This week, Kathy O'Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response is continuing work with a team of 21 L.E.R.T. chainsaw and heavy equipment operators from Illinois and Jason Koepnick, King of Kings L.E.R.T. Team Leader for the Iowa East District and several of his L.E.R.T. volunteers. We intend to assist the Iowa East District through September 26th.
There is a lot of tree, crop and building damage on every street in Cedar Rapids. The Iowa District has done much work since the derecho occurred with local and out of state L.E.R.T. teams and other faith-based groups. However, they all left the area for the gulf coast to help in the aftermath of several hurricanes. The Iowa East District welcomes the assistance LCC Disaster Response can provide in their hard-hit community.
Kathy O'Day received the following note from a homeowner after the L.E.R.T. teams cut down one of the big trees on her property.
Thank you for all the work you did at my home after the terrible storm in Cedar Rapids. Your workers were so wonderful! I'll never be able to repay them for all their work.
Thank you! Love you all in Jesus' name.
Homeowner, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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.