The Concordia Lutheran Ministries family has a history of giving selflessly when a disaster occurs and people are in need. The recent catastrophe in Japan was no different, as Haven residents used the "most scholarly" of activities to raise money for the tsunami victims.
On March 30, Haven II resident and former librarian Lorraine Kesterson held a Spelling Bee in the Haven II Chapel. What separated this contest from others was that residents were able to sponsor one of the eight contestants, with all sponsorship dollars being donated to the Disaster Relief Fund for Japan (through the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief and Human Care).
Between sponsorships and straight donations, the Haven residents raised nearly $750 at the event, which was standing room only. The best speller on this particular day was Haven II resident Betty Mason, another former librarian.
It's stories like this that give us reason to hope and smile. It should be noted that this event was led and coordinated by Haven residents, with minimal support from the staff.