Monday, November 17, 2014

News You Can Use - December 2014

For Your Church Newsletter
From Lutheran Community Services  - Prepared by Steve Tindall                 

Editors: This information is prepared for church newsletter editors, secretaries and pastors. Your help in getting the word out is appreciated and will help LCS achieve its mission of “Sharing God’s blessings by helping others in need.” Comments about timing or content are welcome. Contact Steve Tindall ( 302 654 8886.

LCS Works to Help Vets

LCS recently received a grant from Home Depot that is to be used to help veterans with home repairs. Our first job is to build steps for a disabled veteran. The work will be done by two of our home repair specialists working under our Home Oriented Repairs for the Elderly (HOME) program. The Home Depot grant is for materials only, so we partnered with several other agencies that donated labor costs:  Paralyzed Veterans of America, Thrivent Financial, and Vitas Home Health Care. Plus the Town of Elsmere waived the building permit and license fees. What a partnership! Contact Sandy Betley at 654 8886 x108 for more information about the program.

New Report Says Only the Rich Are Thriving
A comprehensive report by the Federal Reserve finds that most American’s incomes have fallen since 2007, and the recovery hasn’t brought them back up. The only Americans who have recovered are wealthy ones. In 1989, the richest 3 percent of the population controlled 45% of the nation’s wealth. By the end of 2013, that number had grown to over 54%. By contrast, the majority of American families cannot even handle an unexpected expense of $400, and would have to sell something, borrow or not pay, according to the report. What’s more, the median net worth of the bottom 20% of US households was only $6,400. Statistics like these demonstrate why many Delawareans need LCS’s help.

LCS to Needs Your Votes for Walmart Holiday Campaign

LCS has been named as a finalist in Walmart’s “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover” Campaign! A total of 150 food pantries from across the country will compete for a share of $1.5 million. The purpose of the campaign is to provide founding for infrastructure or equipment improvements to make it easier for agencies like LCS to help hungry families. The 75 pantries with the most votes at the end of the voting period (Dec. 2 through Dec. 12) will receive a $20,000 grant. The voting site is . This is a great opportunity for LCS, but we need your votes! You can vote every 24 hours using your Facebook account, and you can steer people to vote anytime! Links to vote will also be available on our website ( and Facebook page (

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