The Northeastern Iowa Synod partnered with Lutheran Disaster Response in a “flood bucket” drive to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island, New York.
Tom Fox, a member of St. James Lutheran, Rock Island, Ill., spearheaded the project. On Jan. 14, he picked up 10 buckets at Bethlehem Lutheran, Cedar Falls, and 20 buckets at St. Peter Lutheran, Dubuque to deliver to Messiah Lutheran, Staten Island. Along the way he picked up 54 buckets at his home church and another 57 buckets at Zion Lutheran, York, Penn.
“These buckets are being distributed by a local ELCA congregation in New York to victims as a witness to our faith in Jesus Christ,” says Pastor Mark Anderson, assistant to the Bishop.
Participating congregations from the Northeastern Iowa Synod were Bethlehem, St. Peter, Ridgeway Parish and St. John, Clarksville.