There are many opportunities to make a difference in your community on #GivingTuesday, November 28. Whether you’re giving your time or making a meaningful donation, every dollar and volunteer allows us to provide a place of hope, healing and recovery to families. We are #LFSGrateful to have so many wonderful donors and volunteers to help us forward our mission of expressing God’s love for all people.

For more than 125 years, LFS has helped strengthen families and restore safe, happy childhoods through foster care and adoption programs. Jim and Becky Rowe of Nebraska City are adoptive parents. They also care for foster children who they raise alongside their adoptive and biological children. We celebrate the Rowes and their selfless giving this #GivingTuesday.

“Lutheran Family Services has made our family stronger and has been an incredibly important part of our experience as foster parents and adoptive parents,” Jim Rowe said. “I don’t think we could have come as far as we did without LFS being there to support us.”

At just 17 years old, Amel Hskan survived an ISIS attack in Shingal, Iraq and lived through the Yazidi genocide in 2014. With the help of Lutheran Family Services, Amel has been living in Nebraska with her family for almost a year.

Lutheran Family Services connected Amel (right) to Sara Sawatski (left), an LFS volunteer who was inspired to help refugees.

“I signed up as a volunteer with LFS, but what I ended up getting out of it wasn’t volunteer work at all, it was a friendship,” Sara Sawatski said.

Sara helped turn an apartment into a home for Amel and her family. The two have been inseparable ever since.

“When she introduces me to people, she tells them that I am her sister and she is my sister. Nothing that I have ever done has filled me with so much satisfaction and sense of purpose than helping my friend Amel throughout the course of this last year,” Sara said.

Amel is currently enrolled in college with dreams of one day becoming a doctor. She now has Sara in her corner, supporting her every step of the way.

Amel recently wrote a poem to reflect and educate on the horrors of what Yazidi people went through in Iraq at the hands of ISIS.

Click Here to Read Amel’s Poem

LFS knows that there are many choices as you share your blessings this #GivingTuesday.

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