You Can Help Disaster Response & Afghan Refugee Crisis

Local Donations for Refugees

We are seeking donations to meet the emerging need of Afghani families arriving at nearby Ft Dix. Please bring donations to the church on Sunday or Tuesday through Thursday, 9am-noon. Details are changing quickly, but some immediate needs include: 

  • Travel size toiletries 
  • sanitary napkins 
  • diapers/ wipes 
  • non-perishable snacks 
  • like-new clothing, especially mens’ and boys’ trousers 
  • stuffed animals or small toys 
  • infant formula 
  • Pedialyte 

For more info, contact Bernie Gustad. 

LIRS Connect ~ Afghan Refugee Crisis 

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is responding to alleviate the unfolding humanitarian crisis as Afghans enter the US and is in need of your help. Please consider donating to ELCA International Disaster, to help provide food, housing assistance, clothing, and other basic needs as Afghan refugees await the official services available to them. Please make your check, payable to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, with “Afghan” in the memo. 


Disaster Response ~ Hurricane Ida Crisis 

Your gifts will support survivors of Hurricane Ida in full (100%) to assist those affected by hurricanes until the response is complete. 

Please make your check, payable to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, with “Hurricane Ida” in the memo. 


U.S. Wildfires (Lutheran Disaster Response) 

The 2021 wildfire season is devastating the western U.S. The Dixie Fire, in Northern California, is already the second largest wildfire in the state’s history, having burned over 505,000 acres. Tens of thousands of people are under evacuation orders. Lutheran Disaster Response is working with synods and social ministry organizations in California and other western states to develop a coordinated response to the wildfires. Please make your check, payable to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, with “US Wildfires” in the memo. 


Lutheran Disaster Response ~ Haiti Crisis 

“I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words” (Psalm 17:6).

A devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Haiti. Over 1,400 people were killed, and that number is expected to increase as search-and-rescue efforts continue. Blocked roads are delaying the delivery of vital supplies to hospitals, which are overwhelmed with more than 6,900 injured people. At least 26,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, but the full extent of damage is still unknown. Haiti is also suffering through a political crisis and was hit by Tropical Storm Grace, which caused severe flooding in communities already damaged by the earthquake. 

Together, as a church, we can be there for our neighbors in Haiti. 

Gifts to the Haiti Crisis will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by the earthquake. Please make your check, payable to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, with “Haiti” in the memo.