I have given Family gifts from the LwR good deeds catalog and my family loved them!
And ive sewn Lutheran World RELIef Quilts for years. TEN to 15 women meet weekly and we send approximately 200 quilts annually. It's wonderful seeing videos of the distribution. And the fellowsjip among our quilters my is wonderful.
They are very organized and helpfull
They were willing to donate 25 k school kits to my organization and I was impressed. They put action in religion and that is a great thing.
Our church creates health care kits, school supply bags, baby care kits as well as quilts that are all sent to this distribution center. My husband and I also have volunteered to help pack these items for shipment where ever they are needed. We love volunteering there!
I believe that Lutheran World Relief does a lot of good in the world to help those who need it most. They work in conjunction with other relief agencies to do this and do not force Christianity on them. It's about helping "our neighbors" throughout the world. My husband and I have not gone beyond our trips to the S. St. Paul LWR whse., but I am encouraged to see the donations from various churches, individuals, that they handle there, prepariing them to go on to the next location. Also, we are able to track our donations.
Susan K. Olson
I have volunteered at my church for many years, but when I began sewing for Lutheran World Relief, I found something I could do that gave me a great sense of purpose. When I see the results of their work it makes me so proud to be a tiny part of something so worthy.
They make sure that people in need get some of the basic needs for life.
LWR is an accountable and innovative development organization that focuses on the livelihood of individuals and addressing the root causes of poverty. They pair material support with long-term projects to help communities become self-efficient in exercising power. One of the most amazing things they do is partnering with Lutheran congregations all over the U.S. to make Quilts and Kits. They send 12,375 bales of quilts per shipment via ocean freight to distribute in economically-poor communities. It is a testimony to what we can accomplish if we act as a humanity instead of as individuals.
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?