View from left rear corner of church with quilts on every other chair

Blessing of the Quilts, 2017

Quilts have played a major part of Lutheran World Relief’s mission since our founding in 1945. That means, for over 70 years, quilters across the country have lovingly stitched thousands upon thousands of quilts for distribution as part of LWR’s many projects. Their quilts have traveled all over the world, from Peru to India to […]

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Dottie Chidester displays one of her quilts

The Unstoppable Dottie Chidester

“Dottie has kept this group going,” says good friend Fran Dixon. “She’s the kind of person who doesn’t like to sit around, she likes to be doing things and especially things that help others.” [...]Read More...

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ELSIE STROMBERG was just a child when she found herself living in a refugee camp in the throes of World War II. It was there that she received a school bag, which allowed her to continue her education. Now Elsie and her husband live in Minnesota and attend Cambridge Lutheran Church, where they sew school bags that get filled with the essential supplies in LWR School Kits.

Follow LWR Quilts and Kits from assembly to distribution

ELSIE STROMBERG was just a child when she found herself living in a refugee camp in the throes of World War II. It was there that she received a school bag, which allowed her to continue her education. Now Elsie and her husband live in Minnesota and attend Cambridge Lutheran Church, where they sew school [...]Read More...

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The Ties that Bind

I grew up in northern Michigan and, in typical Michigander fashion, each summer my father and I took a fishing trip to Canada. To my ten-year-old self, this was a place of mysterious wonder and uncharted territory. It was here that I learned a young fisherman’s rite of passage: tying the knot that connects the [...]Read More...

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Campers Can Quilt, Too

This summer, church basements and fellowship halls are not the only places where Lutherans are taking up LWR’s Quilt Campaign challenge. They’re also pitching in near lakes and on the hiking trail. Up to 48% of Lutheran youth say that they have attended a church summer camp, an important place for faith formation. This year [...]Read More...

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Leveraging Piece by Piece

Here at LWR, there’s a term we don’t use much in our communications, but it’s pretty important: leverage. To us, leverage means using the resources we have to get even more resources to fulfill our mission. So it was with a smile that I read of the Piecemakers at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, MA, who [...]Read More...

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