Lutheran Services Carolinas is using $75,000 in donations to help victims of Hurricane Joaquin that devastated parts of South Carolina last year. In addition to a $65,000 donation from the South Carolina Synod, LSC received a $10,000 donation from The Cheerful Giver Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation. This money is in a discretionary fund that is being disbursed in Richland and Lexington counties to people identified by LSC case managers as having extraordinary needs related to last October’s flooding that are not being met by any other means.
Here are a few examples of how the discretionary fund is making a difference.
Barbara* received a grant of $700 to replace a nebulizer and a CPAP machine for sleep apnea – potentially life-saving items – that she lost during the flood and had not been able to replace.
A $500 grant from the discretionary fund will allow Laticia to replace items damaged or lost when her home was flooded, including a bed frame, clothing, pots and pans, towels, and bed linens.
Sylvia received a $300 grant that will help her replace clothing lost during the flood.
Thanks to the generosity of the Cheerful Giver Fund and the South Carolina Synod, LSC case managers will be able to continue to give grants as they become aware of pressing needs among flood victims.
*Names have been changed to protect client privacy.