When Judy, her husband Steve, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jewel left their church Christ of Savior, Loudon, Tennessee, to serve the Surfside, Florida community after the condominium tower collapse, the women of the congregation had sent three prayer shawls with Judy to give out. After the team’s first visit to the memorial wall in Surfside, Judy immediately thought of the Red Cross Champlain that was at the site the first day. She wasn’t there that day, so Judy wanted to share one with someone else.
There was a gentleman with two ladies. Judy was going to approach them, but they walked across the street before Judy got there. Judy crossed on the other side. After she crossed the street, they had stopped to look back some more, so Judy was able to catch up with them.
Judy touched her on the shoulder and said hello. Judy asked if she was personally touched by something. One of the women shared her sister had lived in the tower. Judy gave her the prayer shawl and explained what it was, that she hoped it might provide her with some comfort at some point. The woman was touched and very appreciative.
This deployment is not just the handlers and dogs on the ground but also the rest of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team back home, their congregation, their community, and all the other K-9 Comfort Dog teams across the country praying for the families and community of Surfside and the Comfort Dog team deployed. With God and together, we are stronger as we share His mercy, compassion, and presence with those suffering and in need in Surfside.