Hurricanes also impacted Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and other Southeastern states. One of the side effects of the hurricanes was flooding--in states as far away as Ohio, West Virginia, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Major flooding occurred:
• Near Wheeling, W.Va., where Edgwood Lutheran Church served as a Red Cross shelter and feeding center.
• In the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, where floods damaged 3,000 homes and destroyed crops. To help with recovery, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota collected donations and recruited volunteers.
• In 15 Ohio counties, displacing 1,700 people. Guernsey and Noble counties were hardest hit. The Southern Ohio Synod is pooling its resources with the ecumenical Southeast Ohio Disaster Relief Network.
• In more than 40 Pennsylvania counties, where heavy rains, flash floods and tornadoes killed 10 people and damaged thousands of homes and businesses. When a flash flood struck Durham Township, destroying buildings in the little community, Deborah Dawson, pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Riegelsville, went door-to-door with small comforts: sandwiches, clothing, bottled water and a simple question: "What do you need?"
Mail checks to PO Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764. For survivors in Haiti, Dominican Republic and areas outside the United States, make checks out to ELCA International Disaster Response. For survivors inside the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, make checks out to ELCA Domestic Disaster Response. Give by credit card: (800) 638-3522 or online at www.elca.org/giving.
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