Aiding those recovering from the disaster of a fire or flood is just one way that Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), a program of LCS, has assisted families throughout Eastern Pennsylvania this past year.

Trained volunteers take on leadership roles at Camp Noah, a place for children to heal after experiencing the emotional devastation of disaster. Others volunteer to travel with recovery teams taking personal time away from family and job responsibilities to help rebuild homes and restore hope to so many lives. Last year alone, 12 recover trip were made by 125 volunteers because of the disaster work of LCS. This past fall “Octoberfest LDR 2011,” was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Glenside, to raise funds to benefit LDR and recovery efforts for recent flood victims, and to prepare for future disaster response endeavors.

“Share our Surplus” (SOS) Network, a warehouse distribution ministry, provides goods to individuals facing the challenges of joblessness and poverty. Last year, 28,332 people received goods because of the SOS network. Dennis Ritter, Executive Director of LCS says, “Little did we imagine the impact this ministry would have over so wide an area and serves so many people. Our volunteers see the gratitude and the power of our ministry making a difference for the people of the Lehigh Valley.

Were you or someone you know affected by the recent flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee? Share your stories with us.