Have you ever wondered how Lutheran World Relief Quilts & Kits - Mission Quilts, Fleece Tied Blankets, School Kits, Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, Fabric Kits, soap - get from our churches to needy part of the world?
Every year in October, the Ingathering of quilts and kits takes place at churches in the Chicago area. Friends of Lutheran World Relief collects these items with the help of volunteers and then start them on their way to Lutheran World Relief's warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland.
For those interested in what LWR needs most, School Kit inventory is at a critical low right now, with Personal Care Kits doing only marginally better. Summer is a great time to hit those back-to-school sales and stock up on supplies for both these Kits!
The summer issue of Faith in Action should be arriving in mailboxes the first week of July. Please pay particular attention to the article on quality control. Generally, LWR has good reports from partners about the quality of the items we send, and LWR has a great reputation among partners around the world. This reputation is precious, not only because it has value for LWR, but because it means we are providing our neighbors around the world with useful items, and in doing so we are treating them with dignity and respect.
That’s why it’s critical to follow all of LWR’s guidelines closely. Small things that may get by LWR’s warehouse staff, such as devotional books or tracts, or even “extras” not included in LWR’s list for a particular Kit, can create a big problem if discovered by customs officials. Any divergence from what is on the packing list can cause a shipment to be delayed, and potentially even destroyed. Similarly, including damaged items in Baby Care Kits, such as stained or very worn clothes, can cause a problem. Ultimately, LWR wants each person who receives a Quilt or Kit from LWR to feel that they are being treated with dignity. Passing along heavily used or soiled items does not communicate that dignity, and can create a problem with customs and partners alike.
Thank you, as always, for your incredible work, dedication, creativity and passion for this ministry. We simply could not do it without you, and we thank God for you!
The 41st Annual Spring Luncheon of the Chicagoland Friends of Lutheran World Relief was held on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Avalon Banquets in Elk Grove Village and attended by over 150 women and men from 25 congregations.
Our guest speaker was The Rev. Dr. Stephen Paul Bouman, executive director of the ELCA Domestic Mission unit. Dr. Bouman related stories about interactions between LWR and people around the world and the help that LWR provides. He connected these accounts with scriptural instances of showing love to others. The assembly also heard reports from Jayesh Hines-Shah, LWR board of directors member, and Mike Johnson, Regional Representative for LWR.
Attendees were also able to view quilts, care kits and purchase Fair Trade items.
The date for the 2019 42nd Annual Luncheon is April 26, 2019. Watch this site for more details in the new year.