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anonymous QUILTS FOR THE HOMELESS, and DISASTER VICTIMES! September 04, 2008 6:46 AM

QUILTS AND COATS: VOLUNTEERS SEW QUILTS AND COATS FOR THE NEEDY!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  September 04, 2008 6:47 AM

esollie@lwr.org and visit our website at www.lwr.org.

Baltimore, September 4, 2008 — Lutheran World Relief (LWR) announced today that a shipment of quilts, school kits, health kits and soap will set sail for Georgia within the next few weeks to assist 10,000 people who have been displaced by the conflict between Russia and Georgia.

“As the intensity of humanitarian crises around the world increases, demand for quilts, kits and layettes is exceeding that of our current supplies,” says Trevor Knoblich, LWR’s program associate for material resources. Knoblich is coordinating with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), LWR’s partner organization in Georgia, regarding the needs of the country’s displaced people. Lutheran World Relief is also exploring the option of working with other partners in an effort to reach more people affected by the conflict.

“As we prepare this shipment for Georgia, many more quilts and kits will be needed in order to fill the anticipated demand for supplies around the world,” he says.

Since early spring LWR has issued a special appeal encouraging Lutheran congregations to initiate a quilting or kit-making project, or expand their current activities. “We are encouraged by the generous response thus far and continue to rely on the widespread generosity of U.S. Lutherans,” says Brenda Meier, LWR’s director for parish and community engagement.

Participants of sewing circles, youth in confirmation groups and everyone in between can use their own gifts and resources to touch the lives of families in need worldwide. Specific assembly guidelines for quilts and kits are available online at www.lwr.org/parish.

Financial support for LWR’s Project Comfort Fund will also ensure LWR’s ability to respond to the growing need for quilts and kits. Donations to the Project Comfort Fund help to offset costs associated with distributing these items. Each year LWR invests nearly $1.7 million dollars in the processing, warehousing and shipping of LWR quilts and kits around the world.

“People who are not able to assist in the actual creation of quilts and kits can still make a huge difference in getting the resources distributed by making donations to the Project Comfort Fund,” says Meier.

LWR’s approximate costs to ship items are: $2.25 per quilt, $1.30 per layette, $1.40 per school kit, $1.00 per sewing kit and $2.65 per health kit (includes the cost of toothpaste to go with the health kit).  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  September 04, 2008 7:15 AM

Project Comfort Fund donations may be mailed to:
Lutheran World Relief Project Comfort Fund
PO Box 17061
Baltimore, MD 21298-9832
Please indicate “Project Comfort Fund” in the check memo line.
Donations can also be made online at www.lwr.org/giving or by phone at 1-800-LWR-LWR-2.
Indicate “Project Comfort Fund.”

WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief, an international nonprofit organization, works to end poverty and injustice by empowering some of the world's most impoverished communities to help themselves. With partners in 35 countries, LWR seeks to promote sustainable development with justice and dignity by helping communities bring about change for healthy, safe and secure lives; engage in Fair Trade; promote peace and reconciliation; and respond to emergencies. LWR is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and has worked in international development and relief since 1945.

Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), individuals and parish groups in international relief, development, advocacy and social responsibility.

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Lutheran World Relief | 700 Light Street | Baltimore, MD 21230 USA | 800-LWR-LWR-2
For more information contact Emily Sollie at esollie@lwr.org or 410-230-2802.
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