Lutheran Disaster Response: Dayton Tornadoes

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Earlier this summer, a powerful tornado tore through the Dayton suburbs, and many have been asking what we can do to help. A representative from Lutheran Disaster Response offers this insight:

"In the first 7 days, first responders, local volunteer crews, churches and social service agencies flood the disaster zone. They do what they do, and then they are usually done. We have completed this phase. In the first 70 days, FEMA, insurance companies and longer term relief moves in; roofs are repaired, trees removed, etc. This is the time we are currently in. But, it usually takes 700 days (2 years) for the area to return to whatever normal is going to look like. This is where the largest need, and the weakest response, is usually found. Lutheran Disaster Response is designed for the 700 days. We come in later than the others and stay until the job is done."

So, if you want to help, you can write a check to All Shepherds Lutheran Church with "Dayton Tornadoes" in the memo line to direct your contribution. We are in this for the long haul!

MASH Pantry & Resource Center

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M.A.S.H. isn't just a TV show. It's also the MASH Pantry and Resource Center in Delaware, Ohio. MASH stands for Military And Service Heroes. Located at 222 E. Willlams Street in Delaware, MASH provides help to veterans, their families and other service people with food, personal care items, hospitality at a Saturday morning breakfast and a listening ear.

How can you help? The most immediate need, according to the MASH staff, are clients. Not enough vets and families are aware of the services and help MASH provides. If you know of a vet, family member of survivor who could benefit from MASH assistance, please let them know about this organization. They can call 614-522-1555 or visit www.mashpantry.org for more information. (And there are several other MASH units around Columbus.)