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Donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief

September 1, 2017

(pictured: Salem Lutheran, Houston)

 

The only good thing after natural disasters—next to the sun finally shining again, or the waters receding or the winds and earth calming—is to see the generosity of humans. Tragedy reminds us that we are all connected, in ways we wish we remembered always. 

 

I recommend giving to these organizations to help after Hurricane Harvey:

Lutheran Disaster Response 

http://www.elca.org/en/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/US-Hurricane-Relief

Upbring

https://www.upbring.org/programs-and-services/community-services/disaster-response/

 

I don’t recommend Lutheran agencies because I’m a Lutheran pastor. I have learned over the years that they are among the most efficient and respected agencies responding in these situations. A vital criteria is that relief agencies already have networks in place. They must already have contacts, already know the communities, already be on the ground. That way they know how to move goods, find information, and really help. Lutheran Disaster Response in the U.S. and Lutheran World Relief worldwide are known for this— and for the the percentage of donations for relief efforts that go to the people in need.