After answering 332 phone calls to the ELCA
Disaster Response Volunteer Hotline, I’ve talked with some of the most
persistent, passionate and creative people—people of God offering gifts
and talents. The line is being used by Lutherans and others who have
seen the phone number (800-638-3522, Ext. 2298) in local papers or
found it by “googling” for disaster sites.
The lines blur between differences of all kinds as we cope with the devastations from Hurricane Katrina ... and later, sisters Rita and Wilma.
Besides money and food, the long list of things finding their way to the Gulf Coast includes bicycles, backpacks, Bibles, children’s books, musical instruments, prayers, trucks and campers loaded with equipment for clearing and rebuilding, and—above all—people of all sorts, ages, faiths, gifts and walks of life.
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