On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, causing damage and destruction that stretched from Florida’s panhandle to western Louisiana. One million homes and buildings were destroyed, and 1,833 people died. Hurricane Katrina is on record as the most destructive and costliest disaster in U.S. history. After the storm, Lutherans from all corners of the world started offering their time and skills to volunteer in the areas hit by the hurricane, and Lutheran Disaster Responsecollected more than $35 million to directly assist those whose homes and livelihoods were affected by Katrina.

Read more about: