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Hurricane Matthew has left destruction in its wake. The death toll stands at 26 for N.C. and perhaps as high as 900 in Haiti. Hundreds of thousands are in need of assistance. Please consider helping. Here are ways you can respond:
  1. Give! Give to our synod. We now have a synod Domestic Disaster Relief Fund which will enable us to respond directly to immediate needs identified in NC.
  2. Pray. Use these worship resources.
  3. Learn. Stay tuned to Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Facebook pages for information about their relief work.
  4. Share. We will share news as we receive it on our Facebook page: how our NC Synod congregations are doing as well as what they are doing as they respond.
  5. Help in NC. When we do come across ways you can help, we'll let you know via E-News, our synod's Facebook page, and Twitter. Camp Agape' has an immediate need for folks with chainsaws and strong backs. 
    St. Mark's, Lumberton 
    has opened up its food and clothing pantry for the community--also helping folks get online to fill out FEMA applications. St Mark's will receive clothing and food donations if anyone has them.
    St. James, Fayetteville
    is serving as a collection site and overflow warehousing for area servant ministries which are collecting blankets, towels, pillows, baby/infant supplies, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. They are also working with NC Lutheran Men in Mission (NCLMIM) to coordinate work crews as waters recede and the re-building occurs. The NCLMIM Disaster Relief Truck and Trailer is positioned at St. James. 
    Donations to the NC Synod will help with these efforts
    (see #1 above)! 
    Contact the synod office to be in touch with Pastor Volley Hanson of St. Mark's or Pastor John Locke of St. James.
  6. Help Haiti. Assemble kits for Haitian Heritage/Friends of Haiti. Choose from four different kits or collect school supplies for this Charlotte-based relief group which will deliver assembled kits to Haiti monthly in the months to come.
  7. Give some more! LDR is known for their long-term response.  Give to LDR to ensure your donations are at work  into the months and years to come. And, Thrivent Financial is doubling personal donations to LWR dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000.
Is your congregation helping those affected by Matthew?  Share your story.


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