On the Ground – Ready to Serve in Surfside, Florida! LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Teams and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Arrive on Tuesday with Boots, Paws, & Hearts
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36 People Confirmed Dead, 109 People Still Missing
After the horrific partial collapse of the 12-story wing of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited in by Rev. Dr. Gregory Walton, LCMS District President for the Florida-Georgia District, and Rev. Dennis Bartels, Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church & School in North Miami. Pastor Bartels has served this community for 35 years and is well connected to the community where we will be serving. Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, and Bonnie Fear, LCC K-9 Crisis Response Coordinator, are working closely with Pastor Bartels to determine where the K-9 Ministry teams will visit.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will serve first responders and their families who are working around the clock doing search and rescue for the 109 people who are still unaccounted for, as well as family members who have lost loved ones. First responders include emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, firefighters, police officers, city, state, and federal personnel. They are all working tirelessly with the destruction of the Champlain Towers. In addition, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will serve all in that area who are working selflessly.
On Tuesday, July 6, LCC K-9 ministry teams arrived in Miami early and visited the host church Holy Cross Lutheran Church & School. Comfort Dogs Jewel, Mary, and Seth greeted 50 summer school students as they arrived and went to each classroom. The news has been filled with many stories of this tragic event, so the K-9s brought much comfort and friendship during these difficult times.
LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion sent hearts and markers for the memorial site in Surfside, Florida. One will be placed for everyone who has not survived this horrific tragedy. Currently, 36 people have been confirmed deceased with 109 still missing. Visitors to the memorial site can sign and leave condolence messages. The K-9 Ministry teams will be present to share love and compassion to help everyone who stops by process the grief they are experiencing.
Seventy-five volunteers from eighteen congregations plus LCC staff responded very quickly to cut, paint, customize, and load 170+ Hearts of Mercy & Compassion markers that were driven down to Surfside, Florida.
CLICK HERE to see LCC volunteers preparing HMC’s for Surfside, Florida.
Our LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams will be driving to and staying in Miami. Travel and accommodations in the area will be expensive. 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.
Please prayerfully consider a donation to the LCC K-9 Travel and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses Funds as we prepare to deploy to serve the first responders and this devastated community.
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