Lutherans Respond to Midwest Tornadoes

( [email protected] ) May 11, 2004 09:52 AM EDT

The Lutheran Disaster Response reported that it is still seeking donations for “Midwest Tornadoes,” specifically to assist the victims of the F-3 tornado that ripped through Utica on April 22, killing 8 people.

The victims, who ranged in age from 18 to 81, died when a 100-year old tavern where they were seeking refuge collapsed during the chaos.

Gilbert B. Furst, director of the LDR said that the organization has been coordinating with the Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois to help respond to the storm.

These agencies have contacted local congregations "to assess needs and encourage volunteer participation from local members."

The volunteers were allowed into Utica about a week after the storm had passed, and had since been working alongside the American Red Cross to provide relief.

To give aid, please send a check to LCMS World Relief, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-9810. Or, call the credit-card gift line at (888) 930-4438