African Students Opening their Hygiene Kits in Class

Personal Care Kits

Why Personal Care Kits?

On behalf of the congregations and community, we thank the Lord Almighty and our Christian brothers and sisters who donated these items for which we have been in need of. We pray that God will continue to bless them in all their undertakings.

– Amed Kaimapoh of Calvary Lutheran Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone

When LWR distributes Personal Care Kits, it’s often to people who have lost everything. In the wake of an earthquake, or having fled from violence as their homes were overtaken, they clasp a towel from a faraway place, with a bar of soap, a toothbrush…and washing up, they know that they have not been forsaken by the world.

The very simple gesture of giving a Personal Care Kit can give someone the encouragement to start anew, starting with a bath. You can share God’s grace and love by providing that simple comfort.

Girl holding a Personal Care Kit

Where do Personal Care Kits Go?

View our interactive map, or download the latest Quilt & Kit Shipping Report (.pdf).

Questions? Read more in Questions & Answers related to the Quilt & Kit Ministry.

Help Ship Personal Care Kits

It costs LWR about $2.65 per Personal Care Kit to add toothpaste and deliver it overseas. If you are not able to assemble Kits, why not give to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund?

Your donation will help ensure that we are able to distribute all of the Kits we receive. Thank you!

How to Make Personal Care Kits


[Why do we include these guidelines?]
  • Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your congregation’s name.
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.

What to Include

Do not add other items or leave out any of the items listed. All items should be new and in good condition. Do not enclose the Kit or any of its contents in plastic bags.

Include the following items in each Personal Care Kit:

bath towel


One light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27"), dark color recommended

bar of soap


Two bath-size bars (4 to 5 oz.) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping



One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging*



One sturdy comb, remove packaging

nail clippers


One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging

finished Personal Care Kit

Wrap all the items in the towel and tie securely with ribbons or yarn

*Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap

Frequently Asked Questions »

Packing & Sending Personal Care Kits

How to Pack & Send Quilts & Kits

man and boy scout loading boxes of Quilts and Kits

Packing your Quilts and Kits

  • Pack completed Quilts and Kits, like items together, in boxes. Label contents in LARGE, BLOCK LETTERS on the outside of the boxes.
  • Use strong cartons secured with packing tape, not to exceed 40 pounds.
  • Do not use plastic or paper bags to pack donations.

Donate to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund»

Join an Ingathering

Quilt MapEach year, dedicated volunteers coordinate LWR Ingatherings — local collections for LWR Quilts & Kits. Groups and congregations pool their donations and share the costs of getting the Quilts & Kits to LWR.

Find Ingatherings planned for your area »

If you know of an Ingathering in your area but do not see it listed, please let us know.

Shipping or Delivering your Quilts and Kits

Include the name and address of your congregation on each box, label contents and send prepaid to or drop off at the LWR warehouse closest to you:

Lutheran World Relief
398 East Richmond Street
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Lutheran World Relief
601 Main Street
PO Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776

The warehouses accept items year-round. Call ahead for driving directions and hours of operation if you are personally delivering your donations.

No Ingathering near you? New volunteers to help organize Ingatherings are always welcome! Contact us to learn about starting an Ingathering in your area.

Quilt & Kit Tracker

Quilt & Kit TrackerYou can now log on to our Quilt & Kit Tracker and print out a special barcode to put on your shipment of Quilts & Kits. That way, you and your congregation can track your gifts as they reach those in need all around the world.