Responding to Hurricane Sandy

Winnipeg, 31 October 2012 — Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) members wishing to donate funds to assist people affected by Hurricane Sandy can do so by donating through ELCIC’s partner, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR).

From the Caribbean to the North Atlantic Coast, millions of people have evacuated their homes and communities due to Hurricane Sandy. Strong winds and torrential rains have led to loss of power, flooding and mass destruction. The storm sent trees crashing down and left neighbourhood streets looking like rivers.

In Haiti, severe flooding has blocked roads, damaged or destroyed homes and agricultural fields, and killed livestock. There is significant damage in rural communities, and hundreds of families are living in temporary shelters. New outbreaks of cholera have been reported. Donated funds will support relief including water and sanitation, cholera treatment and prevention, and shelters for people affected by the hurricane.

ELCIC members wishing to make a donation can do so as follows:

  • By making a designated offering donation (indicate "Hurricane Sandy Relief") at any ELCIC congregation in Canada.
  • Online at Click on Emergencies, and select Hurricane Sandy Relief.
  • By calling CLWR’s toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
  • By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to Hurricane Sandy Relief.

(With files from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ACT Alliance, Primates World Development and Relief and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.)