In March, The Lutheran reported that as of Jan. 4, Lutheran Disaster Relief-New York had distributed only $720,000 of $7.4 million collected. Director John Scibilia said then that the majority had not yet been spent in an effort to "meet needs after government programs have run out."
He preaches the same word today: "Our intent is to not write checks if the money is available from somewhere else. That's why we haven't run out of money."
Almost $8.4 million was contributed to LDRNY from October 2001 through April 2002 (the last available numbers). The total committed by LDRNY through Dec. 31, 2002, is $4.5 million. Here is the breakdown:
In addition, Aid Association for Lutherans (now part of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans) gave a restricted $630,265 to be used for September Space, Comfort and Renew grants and tuition assistance for families in Lutheran schools.
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