When it comes to charitable works, the Comfort Dogs and their trainers move and groove all over the United States. They do so to provide a sense of “comfort” and love to those bearing great hardships.
One of the latest works that this ministry from the Lutheran Church Charities fulfilled was to help the earthquake victims in Napa Valley, California. The largest earthquake in 25 years struck north of the Bay Area at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, August 24th. Not only was the area left in devastation but at least 120 people were injured; three were critical. The earthquake measured 6.0-magnitude on the Richter scale.
In addition, more earthquakes followed suit in California afterward. These included:
· 7km SW of Napa, California with a Magnitude of 3 on Tuesday, August 26th at 6:45:52 a.m. PDT.
· 7km SSW of Napa, California with a Magnitude of 3.2 on Sunday, August, 31st at 1:56:20 a.m. PDT.
· 9km ESE of Gilroy, California with a Magnitude of 3.4 on Monday, September 1st at 9:10:37 a.m. PDT.
Besides the personal injuries, at least 15 buildings were left uninhabitable while experts have to test many more. At least the highways and bridges have been declared safe for travel.
So the people of California need help in many ways in order for their lives to get back to some sort of normalcy. The Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is there to help. They made the trek on Thursday, August 28th to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napa after being invited to come the day before. Pastor Mark Heine and Rev. Michael Schmid - Pastors at St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Napa, California thought that the community at large could really use some relief from the emotional effects that a devastation of this magnitude inflicts. The Comfort Dogs are always ready to step in; no job too big for them!
The dogs will be staying through today and will be heading back from whence they came. Although cleanup efforts are certainly underway, the emotional and spiritual cleanup the dogs and their handlers have provided to many will hopefully help sustain them even after the dogs leave the scene.
The dogs have helped in many ways the people that have been affected by the earthquake and the resounding aftershocks. Fear is high, tension is high and stress is high. This is the perfect place for the dogs to provide their unique form of charity! The dogs are once again doing their part in the face of devastation!