"Flash flooding causes 'historic' damage."
"Flooding brings death, destruction to Upper Midwest."
"State of emergency declared!"
These headlines tell of the devastation that recently hit the upper Midwest when heavy mid-June rains triggered flash floods – particularly in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Photos of sinkholes, collapsed roads and flooded streets paint a picture of destruction and have evoked both compassion and action from people across the country, including Thrivent members who are asking, "How can I help?"
Thrivent Action Teams can make an immediate impact
Thrivent members are quick to respond when a natural disaster strikes. The effect is immediate and can be far-reaching.
Wildfires ripped through parts of Kansas and Oklahoma in March 2017, causing the deaths of people and animals, and destroyed more than 2 million acres of property. Brothers Chance and Lance Sommerer, of Jefferson City, Missouri, led a Thrivent Action Team that created art amid chaos. The team used scorched barbed wire to custom-make sculptures, including lawn décor, crosses, flowers and 7-foot snowmen. Each piece was sold for $55. Their creative teamwork raised $10,000 in cash donations as well as spurred contributions of fence posts, protein feed and hay that filled more than 60 trucks and trailers.
After Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys in September 2017, Sherrey and Jason Pridmore, from Jensen Beach, Florida, wanted to help. They organized a Thrivent Action Team with the middle school and high school kids from their church, Palm City Presbyterian Church. The team purchased trash bags, gloves, tools and other needed supplies. Then they spent a weekend clearing debris from five homes and properties.
How can I help?
The individuals and communities affected by the recent flash floods are still in desperate need of donations, supplies and other assistance.
"The devastation in Houghton and surrounding communities is immense," says Ross Rinkinen, a Thrivent Financial representative in the Houghton, Michigan, area. "The people of Copper Country are hardworking and resilient, but more help is needed."
Here are a few ways to share your gifts of time and resources with people who need them urgently.
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