Piece Corps Members (Lena, IL)

The Piece Corps: Four Decades of Service

The nation was two years from its 200th birthday when the women’s group chair at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lena, Ill., called Joyce Tessendorf and asked if she would take on a sewing project. Lutheran World Relief needed quilts. Forty-three years later the Piece Corps is still at it, producing about 14 a week. […]

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Incoming students make Fleece Tie Blankets for LWR [Photo: Annie Goodroad]

LWR Fleece Blankets Tie Students Together in Service

It’s pretty standard for colleges to include a new student orientation at the start of each academic year. It’s less common for that orientation to include a service project! But for many years, incoming students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, have found a service project on their orientation calendar. In August 2017, Luther College [...]Read More...

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Gladys Hansen and Valders, WI Quilters

38 Years and 30 Miles of Quilts

Gladys Hansen has been the quilting coordinator at Faith Lutheran Church in Valders, Wisconsin, since 1979. ­ Thirty-eight years and 23,865 quilts later, she and her group of nine other quilters are still creating hundreds of the covers annually, all for Lutheran World Relief to deliver to our brothers and sisters in need around the [...]Read More...

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Iraq School Kit Distribution

School Kits Reach Children in Iraq

Your generosity reached more than 13,650 students with School Kits in northern Iraq! The students, who range in age from elementary to high school, expressed what a tremendous difference the Kits made in their lives. Many of their families are unable to buy school supplies because they have only recently returned to their homes after [...]Read More...

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Cynthia Patterson, Charlie Bailey, Erin Myers

More Tips & Tricks from the Quilt & Kit Survey

The Quilt & Kit Survey 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, so that everyone can learn about [...]Read More...

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Members and volunteers assembled 955 Baby Care Kits in two and a half hours at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church (Naperville, IL) in September, 2017.

Illinois church assembles 955 Baby Care Kits in a single weekend

For many congregations, the ELCA’s annual “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday lasts one day. For Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois, it was a weekend of service that ended with 955 Baby Care Kits! Jennifer Schuler organized the event and helps to lead Baby Care, a ministry group at the church committed to “serving [...]Read More...

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A woman with her daughter shows off her LWR Quilt at the Arunima Hospice.

Your Quilts Bring Comfort to Hospice Residents in India

A recent distribution of LWR Mission Quilts brought color, warmth and comfort to families in India. Here, an 11-year-old girl, who lives at the Arunima Hospice, hugs her quilt. The hospice gives shelter to children, including this whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS, which carries a powerful stigma in India.   A 1-month-old baby [...]Read More...

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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 [...]Read More...

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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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Loretta and Brenda stands beside folded Quilts at the New Windsor warehouse.

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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