The Lutheran Church Charities makes it their mission to help all people in need. This includes their own!
Tony Valdivia, a lay assistant at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, and his family were recently the victims of a fire that caused the family to lose all of their belongings. Tony, his wife Korissa, as well as their two children, Tony, Jr., age six, and Kiara, one-and-a-half, were luckily not in their two-flat apartment when it burnt down. The unfortunate part is that the family did not have renters insurance so their loss is great! The family had recently purchased new appliances which Tony had just paid off.
Valdivia has been a member of St. Matthew Church since he was a youngster. Now in his mid-twenties, he helps with bilingual worship services since he speaks Spanish. He teaches confirmation classes as well.
In addition to working at the Church, he manages a fast food restaurant. Korissa, although she recently became a certified nail technician, is unable to work as she had back surgery in January and is continuing her physical therapy. It will be a bit easier once she finishes her therapy and is able to find a job and help support her family financially, but in the meantime, LCC is seeking donors to help.
Easter has just been celebrated this past Sunday and although the family has been offered short-term temporary shelter in the home of friends. When they are able, they will be looking for another apartment. The issue is that they require $1,600 to cover the first month’s rent and security deposit and help replacing their lost possessions. It is actually starting anew for them. They are hoping that supporters of LCC will also help provide them with new life after the fire.
That is why the Lutheran Church Charities has joined forces with Pastor Julio Loza of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (the home of the El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen) that resides in the Pilsner Neighborhood in Chicago – to help the Valdivia family.
Any support, through prayers or through financial funding by local philanthropists will certainly be appreciated! Pastor Loza and the congregation of St. Matthew thank anyone who is able to help this family as they struggle to rebuild their lives. The gift of Easter is in you. Are you willing to embrace it?
You can contribute by:
Donating online: click here
Donating by mail (please put "Valdivia Family Fund" in the memo line:
Lutheran Church Charities
333 West Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466