At this year’s Lutheran World Relief CARE-VAN in gathering the Mid-South District once again had eight drop sites collecting handmade quilts, school kits, personal care kits, baby care kits, fabric kits and boxes of soap the weekend of Nov. 3rd – 4th. Our drop sites included Christus Victor, Knoxville, TN.; Cross of Christ, Chattanooga, TN.; Emmanuel, Hermitage, TN.; Immanuel, Memphis, TN.; First, Fort Smith, AR.; Grace, Little Rock, AR.; Pilgrim, Jonesboro, AR.; and Salem, Springdale, AR.
At the time of this report (12/15/2017), the top three quilt-producing congregations that dropped off their work at an LWR CARE-VAN in gathering site were St. Paul Lutheran, Gillett, AR (236 quilts), Zion of Avilla, Alexander, AR (179 quilts), St. John’s, Russellville, AR (154 quilts). A total of 1,981 quilts (202 from several area ELCA congregations) were donated.
To date we had 44 congregations participate (3 ELCA), collecting over $4,423.20 for shipping costs. We also collected 1,317 personal care kits, 57 fabric kits, 979 school kits, 15 baby care kits and 27 boxes of soap. The CARE-VAN loaded up with 647 boxes (weighing approximately 12,000 pounds!) of offerings from District congregations for Lutheran World Relief. Way to go Mid-South District!
Many of the congregations’ efforts are coordinated by LWML groups and longstanding quilting groups in the congregations. They participate in this effort to share the love of Christ in a personal way. The tireless efforts of those who share their talents and the generous contributions of many make this a successful ingathering. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s annual LWR CARE-VAN drive!
— Julie Tyler
Mid-South District CARE-VAN Coordinator