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    Personal Care Kit assembly for Lent

This Lent, announce to the world that Christ makes a new season possible: a Season of Hope!

Invite your congregation to reach out to struggling families around the world this Lenten season by assembling and shipping LWR Personal Care Kits.

Assembled from common household items, Personal Care Kits help families in crisis to feel human. To feel loved. To feel that someone cares.

Scroll down to find all the information and resources you’ll need to plan your congregation’s Lenten Personal Care Kit drive, including special worship resources.

Thank you for rallying your congregation around this truly meaningful — and easy — activity!

Step 1

Set your goal.

This is an important first step because you’ll know how many of each Personal Care Kit item will need to be collected. It’s also a great way to build excitement for your campaign. Challenge your congregation to assemble and ship as many kits as they can!

Let us know we can count on your congregation’s Personal Care Kits by emailing us at @email or by completing and returning the reply postcard in our Season of Hope mailing.

Step 2

Choose a date for your Kit assembly.

And be sure everyone marks their calendar for the big day!

Step 3

Determine how you will get your kits to one of our warehouses.

There are three ways to get your completed kits to one of our warehouses (located in South St. Paul, Minn., and New Windsor, Md.):

  1. Drop kits off at a warehouse if you are local. (see street addresses below)
  2. Join a regional gathering — known as an Ingathering. Click here to learn more about Ingatherings, including when and where they are happening. Please note that the next available pickup may be in the fall.
  3. Ship kits to a warehouse. Ship to one of the addresses below or use one of our handy printable shipping labels.

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

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

Congregation Resources

Personal Care Kit Shipping Labels

Get your congregation’s Personal Care Kits on their way around the world by sending them to LWR Warehouses using these address labels.

Download Now Sep 21, 2018
Step 4

Collect items.

You’ll need to collect enough items to be able to reach your Personal Care Kit goal. Organize your collection however works best for your congregation.

If you’re collecting a different item each week, be sure to download and print our Season of Hope bulletin insert to remind your members of the collection schedule.

Congregation Resources

Season of Hope Lent Bulletin Insert

Download Now Feb 04, 2020

Each Personal Care Kit must include the following items:

  • ONE light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
  • TWO or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping
  • ONE adult-size toothbrush in original packaging
  • ONE sturdy comb, remove packaging ONE metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging

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

Step 5

Assemble Personal Care Kits!

This will be a meaningful and fun day for everyone. You’ll want to be sure to set up your assembly in large room, with plenty of tables for kit items.

Assembly is easy: Fold the towel in half width-wise. Place the rest of the items the towel, fold and roll so nothing falls out, and secure with yarn, ribbon, string or rubber bands.

Pack completed kits in boxes. Use strong cartons/cardboard boxes secured with packing tape, not to exceed 40 pounds. Do not use plastic or paper bags to pack donations. Include the name and address of your congregation on each box and label the contents in LARGE, BLOCK LETTERS on the outside of the boxes.

Congregation Resources

Personal Care Kits Assembly

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Congregation Resources

Personal Care Kit Assembly Signs

Personal Care Kit signs to display at your stations.

Download Now Feb 04, 2020
Step 6

Get your kits to one of our warehouses.

See step 3 above.

Step 7

Incorporate Season of Hope into your Lenten worship

God is at work every day through the generosity of individuals and congregations partnering with Lutheran World Relief (LWR). During this Season of Hope, we offer inspiration for you and your congregation to help connect God’s Word with God’s work of reaching out to our neighbors in all corners of the world.  

For each Sunday in Lent, we have provided a sermon illustration that connects with the appointed Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) gospel text of the day. Every week you will find: 

  1. a connection to the RCL gospel text introducing a weekly theme; 
  2. a story that illustrates the weekly text and tells the story of Lutherans at work in the world through LWR; 
  3. questions to help preachers make connections between the gospel, LWR’s outreach, and your congregation; 
  4. photos to support the sermon illustration and connect your congregation with the people LWR impacts; and 
  5. additional links to help you explore deeper the highlighted work of LWR. 

Thank you for joining us in sharing the message of God at work in the world during this Season of Hope! 

Congregation Resources

Season of Hope Lent Sermon Illustrations

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Blessings and litanies
Litany of thanksgiving and hope for Quilt and Kit Dedication Sunday

A litany for dedicating Quilts and Kits in worship. Download here.

Litany of blessing for Lent

A litany for dedicating Quilts and Kits during Lent. Download here.

Dedication of LWR Quilts and Kits

A worship resource for dedicating Quilts and Kits. Download here.

Step 8

Make a gift to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund.

Raise funds to get every Personal Care Kit your congregation assembles into the hands of families who need it. It costs just $2.65 to ship one Personal Care Kit from our warehouse and deliver it where it is needed most in the world.

You could consider directing your congregation’s Lenten offering to the Shipping Fund, making a special gift or collecting change during Sunday school — every penny counts!

Making your gift is easy. Mail your gift to P.O. Box 17061 Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 and be sure to note “Quilts & Kit Shipping Fund” on the check.