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Jessica Katzenstein is Lutheran World Relief's Project Associate for Constituent Engagement

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scanned brochure of LWR Layettes

Vintage Brochure – LWR Layettes

Posted on 20. Feb, 2013 by .

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Check out this vintage LWR Layette (Baby Care Kit) brochure one of our constituents found in her mother-in-law’s drawer. How things have changed since 1964 – and yet the spirit is the same! Learn more about Baby Care Kits A Baby Care Kit from LWR is like a promise. It says to that baby, Your […]

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A Tribute in School Kits

Posted on 26. Jun, 2012 by .

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When we lose loved ones, our impulse — after the initial shock and grief — is often to find a way to honor their memories. Donations to favorite charities in lieu of flowers, official or private memorials. Or perhaps, if your mother taught elementary school for 30 years, making LWR School Kits for children in […]

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Leveraging Piece by Piece

Posted on 01. Jun, 2012 by .

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Here at LWR, there’s a term we don’t use much in our communications, but it’s pretty important: leverage. To us, leverage means using the resources we have to get even more resources to fulfill our mission. So it was with a smile that I read of the Piecemakers at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, MA, who […]

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Bringing Promise: A little church with a big heart

Bringing Promise: A little church with a big heart

Posted on 13. Mar, 2012 by .

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When Christine Djalleta got the idea to make Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she couldn’t have guessed how big her idea would become. Christine originally got enough supplies to make eight Kits, then asked her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Sandra Ellis-Killian at St. John’s Lutheran in Ambler, […]

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St. Louis Ingathering Puts Faith Into Action

St. Louis Ingathering Puts Faith Into Action

Posted on 20. Oct, 2011 by .

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Last weekend’s annual St. Louis-area Ingathering truly showed the generosity of LWR’s Quilt and Kit makers. Donations went up over 50 percent from last year! On a gorgeous day at Concordia Seminary outside of St. Louis, LWR staff and seminary volunteers were expecting donations to be about the same as last year. Usually, churches from […]

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Baby Care Kits Help Women in Mauritania Keep Their Babies Healthy

Posted on 31. Aug, 2011 by .

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When you’re a woman living in poverty, bringing a baby into the world is already difficult and scary. When you couple that with living in Mauritania, a North African country with unacceptably high maternal and infant death rates, it is doubly so. The Baby Care Kits you send through Lutheran World Relief show impoverished women […]

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Quilts and Kits Meet Needs of Vulnerable Communities in Tanzania

Quilts and Kits Meet Needs of Vulnerable Communities in Tanzania

Posted on 16. Jun, 2011 by .

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Nuru Saidi, a mother of five, lives at Nunge Leprosy Center in Tanzania. She has suffered from leprosy, a debilitating disease that causes skin sores and progressive nerve damage, for more than 30 years. In 2011, she and fellow center residents received Quilts and Personal Care Kits from Lutheran World Relief. “We feel happy because […]

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