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Baskets of Promise – Lenten Service Opportunity

Throughout Lent, gather disciples of all ages to assemble Personal Care Kits to reach out to families in need around the world.

Each kit contains simple items, like soap, a towel, a toothbrush. But for families coping with war, poverty and disaster, these items mean the opportunity to stay healthy and build better futures.

Has your congregation decided to join the Baskets of Promise appeal?
We’d love to know about it!

Include the following items in each Personal Care Kit:

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Download Instructions (PDF)

Some important guidelines to remember:

  • Be sure to shop for light- or medium-weight towels, which are easier for Kit recipients to hand wash and air dry, take up less storage space and are considerably less expensive than the fluffier towels we may prefer to use.
  • Bath towels vary in size. The 52″ X 27″ size listed in the guidelines is the maximum size. 20″ x 40″ is a good guideline for a minimum size. Smaller bath towels are acceptable as long as they are not hand towels.
  • Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted.
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your group’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.
  • 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.

How to pack your Project Promise Kits

  • Pack completed 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.
  • Include the name and address of your group or congregation on each box and label the contents

Getting Kits to people in need.

You can either locate a local gathering site, or dropoff or send your prepaid boxes directly to one of these warehouses.

Lutheran World Relief
601 Main Street
PO Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776
410.635.8795

Lutheran World Relief
398 East Richmond Street
South St. Paul, MN 55075
651.457.9009

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

TRACKER-MAPNow you can log onto our Quilt and Kit Tracker and print out your barcode to put on your shipment of Quilts and Kits.

Then, you and your congregation can track your gifts as they reach those in need all around the world.

 

Resources:

Download Bulletin Inserts for Sundays in Lent
Download Bulletin Inserts for Wednesdays in Lent
Make your congregation’s Personal Care Kit Assembly even easier with these detailed signs (.pdf, 1mb)

Personal Care Kit Leader Guide

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LWR’s Personal Care Kit Leader Guide includes games, Bible studies and educational activities to help participants of all ages learn about the difference they are making as they assemble LWR Personal Care Kits!

Cut-and-paste announcements for your newsletter, bulletin, or website:

Donate items for Lutheran World Relief Kits to help people in need.
This Lenten season, our congregation is taking part in LWR’s Baskets of Promise campaign. Each week in Lent, we’ll collect items to form LWR Personal Care Kits that help impoverished people stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations.
Check the bulletin each week for the collection schedule. If you have any questions, please contact [NAME/PHONE NUMBER or EMAIL].
Donate items for Lutheran World Relief Kits to help people in need.
This Lenten season, our congregation is taking part in LWR’s Baskets of Promise campaign. Each week in Lent, we’ll collect items to form LWR Personal Care Kits that help impoverished people stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations.
Next week we’ll be collecting [INSERT ITEM]. Please bring your donations to worship next Sunday. If you have any questions please contact [NAME/PHONE NUMBER or EMAIL].
Donate items for Lutheran World Relief Kits to help people in need.
This Lenten season, our congregation is taking part in LWR’s Baskets of Promise campaign. Each week in Lent, we’ll collect items to form LWR Personal Care Kits that help impoverished people stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations.
Next week we’ll be collecting [INSERT ITEM] Please bring your donations to church next Wednesday. If you have any questions please contact [NAME/PHONE NUMBER or EMAIL].

Special worship blessings for the Kit items to use in your worship service:

Bars of Soap

Isaiah 57:19 - “Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them.”
God of Peace...
we ask for your blessing upon these bars of soap. As we reach out to our sisters and brothers around the world may these gifts be a witness to your peace. May these be instruments of grace along the path towards hope and dignity. All this we ask of in the name your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Bath Towels

Psalm 18:30 - “This God - his way is perfect; the promise of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”
God of Grace...
we ask for your blessing upon these bath towels. As we journey through Lent towards the promise of the Resurrection, may these gifts offer refuge for those living through disasters and emergencies. All this we ask of in the name your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Toothbrushes

2 Corinthians 1:20 - “For in [Christ] every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God.”
God of Mercy...
we ask for your blessing upon these toothbrushes. Give us the grace to live out the “Yes” of your promises for the sake of those in need around the world. May your “Yes” travel with these toothbrushes as those affected by drought, hunger, and poverty work to build a better life. All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Combs

Psalm 12:6 - “The promises of the LORD are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.”
God of Justice...
we ask for your blessing upon these combs. Your promises are true and refined as silver. May they travel with these combs to bring hope to those around the world affected by violence, poverty, and natural disaster. All this we ask in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Nail Clippers

Joshua 21:45 - “Not one of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
God of Abundance...
we ask for your blessing upon these nail clippers. Just as all of your good promises come to pass we know that this gift will find those most in need. May these clippers play their role in the lives of those who work for hope and dignity throughout the world. All this we ask in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Bars of Soap

Psalm 119:49-50 - “Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my distress that your promise gives me life.”
God of Goodness...
we ask for your blessing upon these bars of soap. Your promises are our comfort in times of distress. May these gifts bring comfort to those whose lives are in distress. All this we ask in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Personal Care Kits

Hebrews 10:23 - “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.”
God of Promise...
we ask for your blessing upon these Personal Care Kits. In this season of resurrection you have given us the opportunity to deliver your promise to others around the world. Bless those who use these as they strive for dignity. Give strength to those who work in the midst of disaster so that your lasting promise may be a reality for all. All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Other ways your congregation can fight poverty, injustice and human suffering:

  • Get more information about the Quilt and Kit Shipping fund that helps the gifts of your hearts and hands reach the hands of people in need.
  • Explore a better option for Palm Sunday. Eco-Palms help palm harvesters earn income, improve their communities and protect their environment.

If you have any questions about the Baskets of Promise appeal, please contact us at 800.597.5972 or at lwr@lwr.org.

Thank you for journeying with LWR this Lent.