Living God Lutheran Church Gives $2430 to Disaster Response

Julia Menzo, Disaster Response Coordinator for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) in Eastern Pennsylvania accepts a check for $2430 from Reverend Richard Moore, Pastor of Living God Lutheran Church in Honey Brook, Pa. The church held an Oktoberfest on October 6th, raising the funds specifically for LDR. Nearly a month later, Superstorm Sandy left millions without power on the East Coast and damage estimated in the billions of dollars.

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) in Eastern Pennsylvania is one of over 40 affiliates across the United States. Following disasters like Sandy, LDR provides hardship grants, volunteer coordination, spiritual and emotional care, and long-term recovery.

In Eastern Pennsylvania, LDR is administered by Lutheran Congregational Services, an affiliate of Liberty Lutheran Services based in Philadelphia, Pa. LDR still recruits volunteers and laborers to help repair damage in Hatboro caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Of course, the focus has already widened in scope to the region now impacted by the power outages, flood waters and wind damage from Sandy.

Lutheran heritage is steeped in the comforts of good food and fellowship, and certainly, joining together in Christian faith to serve and care for those in need. It’s not surprising, then, that even after presenting its $2200 donation this month to Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) in Eastern Pennsylvania, Living God Lutheran Church continues to find ways to help disaster victims. “Our Outreach Team is now collecting supplies and donations to put together clean up bucket kits that LDR will deliver to those who need them,” said Moore.

When supplies are limited when disaster strikes, clean-up buckets valued at nearly $60 each are filled with cleaning solutions, sponges, face masks, gloves, and trash bags. “Last year when I pulled up to the disaster recovery center and opened up my trunk full of clean out kits, I felt like a celebrity,” said Menzo. “There’s highly valued stuff in those kits when you have a flooded basement.” The kits will go to homeowners who are able to salvage their properties, preparing to repair and rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.