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Garage damaged at St. Luke, Summerville
Photo credit: Rev. Nathan Rice

On June 10, a severe storm with a microburst struck Summerville and Ladson,  SC.  We were recently contacted by South Carolina Emergency Management about over 50 households who are still in need of help with debris removal from those storms. As you can see from the photo above, St. Luke Lutheran in Summerville had damage themselves, which they have been able to clean up.  

We are NOT asking folks to self-deploy and simply show up to work. There are a couple of ways to get volunteers to the right places.  The first would be to work directly with the local Red Cross.

The other would be to set dates for work days.  As far as we know, mostly what will be needed are gloves, rakes, and maybe brush saws. Chainsaw groups already went through many of the neighborhoods and cut trees down.  

Please help us identify volunteers who are willing to help and dates when they would be available to work.  Thanks in advance for your willingness to help your neighbors in need!

We also have some financial assistance available to support domestic disaster recovery service trips planned by congregations or other groups.  Contact us for more information!

Completed Amity Lane Bridge
Photo credit: Mark Howell

We are pleased to report the completion of a bridge in Lincoln County.  This bridge, which is on a private road serving 26 families, is a partnership project.  MDS (Mennonite Disaster Services) provided the engineering and most of the volunteer labor, while Lutheran Disaster Response provided a $75K grant toward this project.  Other organizations, including PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Samaritan’s Purse) assisted with the funding as well. (The completed bridge is shown above, with the local fire department tanker truck and the volunteer construction team. The bridge was engineered and constructed to allow for emergency services and new mobile homes to reach the neighborhood.)   More information is available here.  

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