Every time Lutherans serve their neighbors in need following a disaster, they are part of Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR). LDR works in partnership with local synods and affiliate social ministry organizations. LutheranCare in Clinton is the affiliate partner in our synod. Lutherans across the Upstate New York Synod have been a part of LDR many times in recent years, most recently following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, which impacted 33 counties. Congregations walked with those impacted by the storms-feeding, sheltering, mucking out and assembling flood buckets. When Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, our congregations stepped up and assembled more than 115 flood buckets and gave over $14,000 to ELCA Domestic Disaster Relief.

Help is still needed! Long-term recovery and rebuilding continues today in many areas, especially the Schoharie Valley, and is expected to take at least three more years. You and your congregation can help by recruiting volunteers for a work team to travel to impacted areas and/or by making a financial donation. For more information about volunteering, contact LDR in Upstate New York at ldrunyteam@gmail.com.