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LCMS Volunteer Day for December 2015 Tornadoes


Today’s guest blogger is Jessica Vermilyea, Director, Upbring Disaster ResponsePhotos by David Ricks with Disaster Care Ministry of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Arlington.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, 345 volunteers from 21 Lutheran Churches came together to show Christ’s love for victims of the December 26 tornadoes that struck Texas neighborhoods in Garland, Rowlett and surrounding areas.

Volunteers spent the day at Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Garland, coordinated by David Ricks with the Disaster Care Ministry of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Arlington, spreading care and hope –leaving a lasting impression on impacted individuals and families living in those communities.

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Highlights include:

  • Two houses cleared to the slab
  • Debris picked up and downed trees cut at Plantation Place RV Park
  • Ruined belongings moved to the curb for numerous households
  • Sorted debris at curb for numerous households in prep for city removal
  • Downed or damaged trees cut and stacked at the curb for eight homeowners
  • One lawn cleaned and mowed
  • Recovery notebooks provided to assisted homeowners
  • $1,000 worth of gift cards distributed to homeowners (donated by Upbring Disaster Response)
  • 1,800 lunches & 400 dinners fed to volunteers and community members (provided by Holy Cow Smokers from Lamb of God LCMS, Flower Mound)
  • 200 disaster buckets of cleaning supplies – worth $5,000 – distributed to the community (provided by the Disaster Care Ministry of Beautiful Savior LCMS)
  • $1,000 worth of tools and supplies were purchased for the workday with donations from the Texas District of the LCMS and Upbring Disaster Response.

As the long-term recovery plans for the December tornadoes unfold, Upbring Disaster Response will continue to participate in conversations through our partnerships with other nonprofit agencies and groups to ensure service gaps are filled and no response efforts are duplicated.

THANK YOU to the following Churches who volunteered:
Ascension, Cleburne
Beautiful Savior, Arlington
Bethany, Austin
Bethel, Dallas
Christ the King, Waxahachie
Grace, Denison
Holy Shepherd, Haslet
Lamb of God, Flower Mound
Lord of Life, Plano
Messiah, Plano

Our Savior, Rockwall
Peace, Hurst
St John, Mansfield
St John, The Colony
St. Paul, Ft Worth
Tree of Life, Garland
Trinity, Tyler
Trinity, Amarillo
Zion, Dallas
The Summit, Aledo
University Lutheran, College Station

About Upbring Disaster Response
For decades, Upbring Disaster Response, the new LSSDR, has helped those impacted by disaster and stepped in to help families and communities in the aftermath of natural disasters in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

To make a gift to Upbring Disaster Response, visit our secure giving page and designate “2015 Storms” in the drop-down menu. Disaster Response is grateful for your financial support in meeting the needs of impacted communities.

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