Immediately after Hurricane Irene struck Puerto Rico and the eastern coast of the U.S. and Canada, the ELCA distributed $71,000 in emergency grants.
The storm killed more than 20 people and caused around $3 billion in damage. At presstime, one congregation, Bethany Lutheran in Central Bridge, N.Y., reported flooding.
To help victims of the storm, the ELCA gave $25,000 each to Lutheran Care of New York and Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, and $21,000 to Church World Service.
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