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Lutheran World Relief
February 9, 2011

I have provided supplies for and helped assemble health kits and serve as co-advisor of our 3rd-6th grade church youth group that raises money for health kit supplies by recycling aluminum cans and printer cartridges and cell phones. They are enthusiastic kit assemblers, for they understand just how important basic items such as soap, a hand towel and wash cloth, a toothbrush and other kit items that we take for granted are to people who don't have them. A recent headline noted that a bar of soap could literally save a life during the cholera epidemic in the tent cities of Haiti. LWR provides not only health kits, but school kits, sewing kits, layettes, quilts and blankets, soap, malaria nets, and whatever is needed wherever it is needed. The organization consistently receives the highest rating from non-profit watchdog groups for having the most efficient delivery system while having the smallest administrative and fund raising budget. They also provide support for other non-profits by helping get people and supplies to where they are needed. Simply put, they are the best at what they do. They provide not only materials, but education and support for communities to provide a source of clean drinking water, improve farming practices, and teach health and hygiene. I cannot think of a more deserving organization than LWR to be the recipient of funds. They are simply the best at what they do, and their impact is global.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the satisfaction I feel when I read accounts and see photos of the people who have been personally touched by being recipients of the support LWR has given them. A simple school kit can mean the difference between a family being able to afford to send a child to school; a health kit provides dignity and at least the potential to avoid common and often fatal disease; a quilt can provide warmth or even shelter.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a much larger operating budget! I see no reason to change anything about something that works so well that it is used as an example of how a non-profit should be run.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I purchase supplies for kits, help assemble them, and encourage others to become involved in any way they can.

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