Your Donations Needed to Help Four Families with Homes Severely Damaged from Fultondale, Alabama Tornado
On January 25, a 500 feet wide, 150 mph EF-3 tornado was on the ground for 9.5 miles through Fultondale, Alabama, leaving a path of destruction that killed and injured residents as well as destroyed homes, schools, and businesses. This tornado was located just a few miles from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gardendale, where Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, serves. He and his church’s L.E.R.T. team began assisting homeowners within hours after the tornado struck.
Lutheran Church Charities immediately contacted Pastor Brashier to offer assistance. LCC provided some immediate financial aid for families as he was doing the initial assessments. Pastor Ed Brashier was very appreciative of the $1,000 that was received initially.
Lutheran Church Charities has been asked to help provide additional financial assistance for families from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church who were directly impacted by the tornado and have significant damage to their homes. This includes four families that need to relocate and purchase housing and personal items as they deal with the long-term recovery process. Several other congregation member families have tree and yard damage only.
Mr. and Mrs. L. and family had just recently moved into the community. They were all in bed when they heard the warning siren and were able to take cover just before the tornado struck. They are very thankful that they were not hurt. They are in the process of packing everything they can save and taking inventory. They know they will be out of their home for a long time as repairs are made, but trust that God will continue to care for them.
The last family is a retired couple who serves as an elder, plays in the praise band, and helps run the church food pantry. They had extensive damage to their roof, home interior, and yard damage.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be serving their disaster-affected congregation, school, and community members in the name of Jesus Christ, as all begin the long-term recovery process. Please prayerfully consider donating to help Good Shepherd support these families as they recover from the horrific disaster.