Often, when natural disasters strike or war drives families from their homes, our hearts ache with compassion but we don’t know how to help. If you’ve wondered how to volunteer to quilt for charity, look no further. Making Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilts is a tangible way to express love to our neighbors in need. Quilts can be used as warm bedding, simple tents or floor coverings. Each one reflects God’s loving presence in a world rife with suffering. As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, we'll keep this page updated to reflect any changes to the Quilt and Kit Ministry.
LWR distributed its first quilts in 1945 to families in war-torn Europe following the Second World War. Within a decade, the ministry was reaching around the globe to villages far removed from the world’s attention. Today, an average of 300,000 quilts are lovingly given worldwide each year.
LWR Mission Quilts are highly regarded throughout the world because of their quality and consistency. Your careful adherence to our quilt-making guidelines will ensure that every quilt is useful, consistent and fair.
We need LWR Mission Quilts
more than ever
St. Luke Ministries in Chicago, Illinois, brings together quilters across the age spectrum to make LWR Mission Quilts to share with people in need around the world.
The intergenerational effort started around 2000, and matches up middle schoolers with experienced quilters to teach them how to make LWR Quilts. Over time, the students gain enough experience and confidence to make the quilts on their own.
Being part of such a meaningful service project is very moving for the youth involved. “This was the first time I did something with my hands that would help people. I know other people will be using it to keep warm,” says 13-year-old quilter Giselle Escamilla.