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

Blessing of the Quilts, 2017

This is a “living” blog post. We will be updating it each week through the Fall Ingathering season as we receive more photos! 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 […]

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Connor Fleming, Deborah Crabtree, Emily Myers

Tips & Tricks from the Quilt & Kit Survey

The Quilt & Kit Survey over the past several months has enabled us to get to know you, our quilters and kit-makers, better. One of our favorite things about the surveys has been reading through your clever ideas, stories, and tips related to your quilting and kit-making ministries. We want to share these ideas widely, [...]Read More...

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When Women Gather

When Women Gather, Great Things Happen!

Ahh, summer. Full of sunshine, travel, friends, family, and, for LWR staff and many of you — events!  This past summer, we had the privilege of attending two of our favorites — the national gatherings for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) and the Women of the ELCA. These events are always full of faithful [...]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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Humans of LWR: Four Decades at the LWR Warehouse

This post is part of our Humans of LWR series, which seeks to provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who take part in our mission of ending poverty, injustice and human suffering. Brenda Giles was a high school senior when she started a work-study with the Brethren Center, in New Windsor, Maryland. She started [...]Read More...

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Taking Action for LWR

Assembling LWR Personal Care Kits for displaced and refugee families. Hosting a prayer breakfast when a disaster strikes to raise funds for those affected overseas. Organizing a luncheon for the homeless and serving LWR coffee. The ability to make a positive change, in the local community and abroad, is possible through Thrivent Financial’s newest volunteer program: Thrivent Action Teams. Through this [...]Read More...

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Youth group volunteers from the Orthodox Church of Hanina in Jordan pause from unloading a truck full of LWR Quilts and Kits for Syrian refugees in their community.

Quilts and Kits Ramp Up Refugee Crisis Response

IN PAST ISSUES, WE HAVE SHARED STORIES ABOUT LWR’S WORK IN ASSISTING SYRIANS SUFFERING FROM VIOLENCE AND DISCORD IN THEIR HOMELAND. We’ve told you about the gift of School Kits for children in classrooms in Damascus, Syria. We’ve shared about the impact of Quilts and Kits for children and families in refugee camps in Lebanon [...]Read More...

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Sandra Osgood shows off a closet filled with donated quilting supplies

A Quilting Milestone in Northwest Michigan

The quilters from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Mich., quilted and donated their 12,000th Quilt this October — a milestone in the journey of needlework the group has been dedicated to for nearly 40 years. The meticulous records of quilter Jane Witkop have tracked the group’s annual contributions to LWR and to other local [...]Read More...

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Third grade students in the Philippines hold up the school kits they received from LWR.

Your LWR School Kit Questions Answered

This time of year many congregations are showing their love for their global neighbors by preparing School Kits to donate to LWR. We thank you for your generosity and compassion! As you prepare your School Kits, we thought we’d share the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about this resource. If you have [...]Read More...

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Photo Friday: LWR Quilt Distribution in Nepal

Just today we received these pictures from Omar Rahaman, LWR’s Senior Director for Asia and the Middle East. He is working in Nepal to coordinate our response to the April 25 earthquake. One part of our immediate response was to ship 9,240 Quilts, 1,000 Personal Care Kits and 100 water filtration units to Nepal to distribute [...]Read More...

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Five Years Later: The Haiti Earthquake in Pictures

Monday, January 12 marks the five-year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. It’s painful to recall. The poorest country in this hemisphere, Haiti was the country least able to handle such a shocking event. Even before the earthquake, the majority of Haitians faced decades of problems, most of which begin and end in [...]Read More...

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