Recovery efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will go on for years, but we can get started right away by donating through Lutheran Disaster Response.  LDR is a highly trustworthy organization that approaches disaster response on the model of accompaniment: walking alongside the victims until they are made whole, which is usually long after media attention has died down.  As the director notes in the letter below, your entire donation will go to help people who are in great need.

You can donate directly to LDR at this website.

Other donation methods:

  • To donate by check:
    • Make checks payable to
      Hurricane Response – United States
      and send to:

      Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 
      P.O. Box 1809 
      Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
  • To donate over the phone using a credit card, call: 800-638-3522
  • You can also bring your donation to Cross of Life and we will forward it for you.  Make your check payable to Cross of Life and put “Hurricane Response – US” in the memo line.  Then place your check in the offering plate or bring it to the office.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (770) 475-9159.

Please see the letter of appeal below from Rev. Daniel Rift, Director of ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal.

Hurricane Harvey

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:38-39

Dear friends,
Hurricane Harvey, one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in years, made landfall last night, threatening millions of our neighbors in Texas and Louisiana with heavy rain, wind and rising tides.
The National Hurricane Center called the storm’s effects “life-threatening, devastating and catastrophic” and predicted long periods of rain and flooding, along with massive power outages. While many have evacuated, significant damage is still expected, and thousands of people may be housed in shelters for extended periods of time.
We have an opportunity to accompany our neighbors during and after this disaster, in Jesus Christ’s name.
Your gifts are needed now to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Your support through Lutheran Disaster Response will bring hope and healing to those who have been or will be affected by this hurricane. Lutheran Disaster Response is already collaborating with our affiliates to initiate recovery efforts.
While the storm is not over, you can help now. Gifts designated for “Hurricane Response – United States” will be used in full until the response is complete to help disaster survivors recover and rebuild.

With gratitude,
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America