LCC K-9 Ministry Teams and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Bring Comfort to Allen, Texas, Following Mass Shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Elijah (Our Redeemer – Wichita Falls, Texas), Martha (Bethany – Austin, Texas), Miriam (Emmanuel - Kingfisher, Oklahoma), Pax and Phoebe (St. Paul – Fort Worth, Texas), Persis (King of Kings – Glenpool, Oklahoma), and Triton (Messiah – Plano, Texas) and their handlers were present to listen to those who are grieving, bringing them comfort, love, friendship, hope, and prayer.
The teams spent time with students and staff at Cheri Cox Elementary School, where Daniela and Sofia Mendoza attended. Daniela was a fourth-grade student, and Sofia was a second-grader.
The teams also brought comfort to staff and students at The Learning Experience, the preschool that James Cho, age 3, attended.
In addition, they visited with students and staff at Mary Evans Elementary School, Allen High School, McKinney Boyd High School, Lowery Freshman Center, and staff at the Allen Independent School District office.
In the afternoon, the teams visited first responders at the Allen Police Department, Allen 911 Dispatch, Allen Central Fire Station, and the Collin County Medical Examiners Office.
James Casner, Assistant LCC K-9 Crisis Response Coordinator, presented LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC) to the Allen Police Department and Allen Central Fire Station, and Keith Leimbach, Top Dog for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Miriam (Emmanuel – Kingfisher, Oklahoma) presented an HMC and mini stuffed dog to Allen 911 Dispatch. The scripture on the hearts is Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion and crosses were placed at the Allen Premium Outlets memorial site. Throughout the week, people signed and left condolence messages, prayed, and paid their respects in honor of the eight lives lost. The teams listened as people shared stories of being there that day.
Please join LCC as we pray for Allen, Texas community during this incredibly difficult time and for all of the first responders who heroically responded to a very difficult scene.
LCC's K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry never charge those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. We know that comfort is needed to help this shocked and devastated community and the first responders who serve them.
Please support us by prayer, and if you are so moved, help us with travel expenses.
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