An early October snowstorm hit the Black Hills of South Dakota dumping feet of snow taking out trees, power, roads, and tens of thousands of livestock. It is believed that 5 percent of the roughly 1.5 million cattle in Western South Dakota have been killed. It is estimated that this will be a multi-million dollar hit to the area.
We, the South Dakota Synod, will continue to support and pray for the numerous families, ranchers, communities, and churches that have been effected by this disaster.
How You Can Help
Volunteers are still needed for debris removal, chain saw teams, carcass removal, and fence repair. Volunteer resources currently requested: pick ups/trailers, front-end loaders, heavy equipment for carcass removal, snow cats, and generators. Call the United Way Black Hills Disaster Update Center at 211 or 1-877-708-4357 to volunteer.
Send a Donation
The need in after the storm is great and your financial gifts will help the recovery process for ranchers and families in need. If you or your congregation would like to make a donation to the efforts, you may do so through Lutheran Social Services:
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota
705 East 41st Street, Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-6048
Phone: 605-357-0100, 800-568-2401
Please write “Black Hills Relief” on the memo line.
Have you or someone in your congregation been impacted by the blizzard?
Funds are available to help with immediate needs like feed, fuel, fence repairs, or groceries.
Support is also available for emotional distress and counseling resources.
Call the United Way Black Hills Disaster Update Center at 211 or 1-877-708-4357 for assistance.
Lutheran Disaster Response has a worship resource for use after a natural disaster. Please use this resource as you feel fit.