Lutheran World Relief
Rating: 4.97 stars 59 59 reviews 5,039
700 Light Street Baltimore MD 21230 USA
Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.
In 2014, Lutheran World Relief reached 4,763,599 people in 153 projects across 35 countries.
poverty, injustice and human suffering
Direct beneficiaries per year:
4,763,599 people across 35 countries
Geographic areas served:
countries around the world
responding to emergencies, and providing long-term solutions like training farmers in developing nations
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Our LWR quilters usually make over 200 quilts every year. I joined them a couple of years ago. We have lots of fun every week piecing the top, seeing the filler and backing materials together and then tying the three layers together. This past Sunday we put 29 quilts on display in the church and had a special blessing said for the quilts' recipients. There is a lot of love in all the stitching, pinning, folding, and packing of these quilts. It's always hard to pick a favorite! We love seeing pictures of the distribution and receiving of the quilts! Our LWML group collects items for personal care kits and school kits all year long- this year will be our best year yet!
My experience with LWR is as a quilter. We winter in Florida and on a January Sunday I entered Holy Trinity LC in Port Charlotte and was taken away by the quilts displayed on the pews. There were over 300. I found myself wondering if our church in NJ would be interested in making quilts. As it turned out we were able to round up volunteers willing to put these quilts together. We are so proud and full of joy to be able to work with this wonderful organization. The quilts go all over the world and give comfort to those less fortunate and in need. I'm so proud of the work they do at LWR and even more proud to be a volunteer knowing that someone I don't know can wrap themselves in a quilt and feel warmth and love. "God's Work, Our Hands".
I belong to a Lutheran church and we sew quilts for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). For quilters, anytime we can get together and cut and sew pieces of fabric together to create beautiful quilts is like a piece of heaven. And to know that our quilts are going to a worthy cause in LWR, is even more gratifying. Every year in August, our quilts are taken to Mobile, Al and packed to be distributed to other countries and people in need. Thanks you LWR for your efforts!
One of the wonderful things about LWR is that they ask not just for money, but also for items . .quilts, sewing items, baby care kits, health kits, etc. Best of all, they provide tracking for where the items are shipped. I also feel like they are transparent on costs and why they ask for what they ask for, and why they reject other offers. They also are sensitive to the cultural needs of those they serve. I chose to donate through LWR because I have confidence that the items and funds are going towards those in need (and not purchasing high end conference furniture in an executive boardroom somewhere). LWR encourages the people-to-people connection . . . my hands made a quilt that I sent around the world to someone in need . . . that says someone, somewhere cares about you. And how important is that?
I make quilts and coordinate the assembly of kits for LWR for our congregation. This organization has many projects to make long-term, significant difference to low income people in 3rd world countries. My part is to help make the lives of those people a bit more comfortable now, as LWR works toward permanent improvements. What I like best about my contribution is I am able to use my skills of sewing and organization to transform items that, in this country, would be destined for the land fill, into warm and serviceable quilts. LWR then provides a well-organized system for our quilts and kits to travel to the warehouse and then out into the world.
LWR is an international organization that works with local partners to provide support to alleviate poverty & human suffering. Victims of natural disasters (such as hurricanes & the Nepal earthquakes) and refugees (a result of civil wars) receive physical assistance such as quilts & personal care kits prepared by volunteers in the US. In addition, LWR supplied water filtration units & provided "cash for work", hiring locals to assist in clean up after the disaster in Nepal. My congregation is excited to see where our quilts & kits have been sent - to 15 different countries in the last two years!
Our church works with LWR to help provide quilts, school kits, personal care kits and baby care kits which LWR distributes around the world. We feel like they are an approachable friend, easily contacted where questions can be answered. They have a wonderful website where you can easily see the work they are doing. I feel very comfortable donating money as I know that money will be used to help people and not be wasted in "administrative" fees.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF has a huge job on it's hands helping people and needs all the help that we can give!
I have contributed to LWR through the years. Anytime, I have had questions, they have assisted me and answered those questions quickly and to my complete satisfaction. They are an example of 'God's work, our hands'.
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God's continually blessing of our time, talent and treasure
+ Lutheran World Relief = Loving our Brothers and Sisters all over the world!
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After observing the local work of volunteers quilting and assembling kits for LWR for many years I became an active with the quilters. It has been rewarding to assist in this ministry to provide care and comfort to those in need around the world. In that process we provide opportunities for service to many who might not otherwise touch people around the world and build friendships here at home. Personally I have met old and new friends through posts to the LWR Facebook page. What a joy to serve others while building relationships with others doing this work!