The 27th Biennial LWML convention is now a wrap and ladies, you were amazing! As my first convention as VP of Human Care, I was completely blown away by the outpouring of the Gifts from the Heart items.
As a recap:
- Baby Kits – 438, divided between three pregnancy centers
- Individual Baby Items – 977 pieces, divided between the pregnancy centers
- Global Health Hospice Kits – 758! After reviewing the numbers, I realized I had not added in the total number of kits that had been delivered ahead of time. Great job ladies!
I want to share the messages I received from our recipients:
- First Care – Rochester (Rochester zone) Jody Fryer, Director
“We so greatly appreciated the many boxes of baby kits! Our staff was overwhelmed by the generosity of those who attended the conference. These baby items will help supply our Clothing Closet and baby layettes for many months to come.
It is exciting to be able to share with our clients that these gifts came from those in their community who care for them and their babies. Thank you for helping us meet the needs of our clients and show them Christs love.”
- First Choice – Redwing (Lake Pepin zone) – Mandy Fleming, Director
“I was so honored when I was contacted many months ago, and notified that First Choice Clinic would be recipients of your Gift of the Heart. …We have been abundantly blessed by your generosity. For weeks, every time I walked into our storage room, I’d just smile with delight as I’d trip over the bundles and I would just praise God for you and all the ladies who made it possible. Your gifts have allowed us to meet such a great need for the people we serve. They have been overwhelmed by the generosity we have been able to show them; much like we were overwhelmed by the generosity you showed us! We are so thankful you chose to partner with us for this special event, and we pray that you are all blessed in equal abundance."
- Grace Place – Winona (Winona zone) – Carla Burton, Director
“Grace Place was overjoyed to receive so much support for our ‘Gifts of Grace Shelf’ here in Winona!! Words cannot express our gratitude. We have an average of 145 visits per month to our free shelf; so many lives will be touched by this outpouring of love from the LWML.”
- Global Health Ministries – Kim Dickey, Director
“First, let me say thank you for the amazing number of Hospice Kits from your Convention. A really amazing gift from the hearts of the women of the MN South Districts – you’ve touched more than 750 people with your gifts, not just the patients but also the families who care for them, and the church workers and volunteers who minister to them. The gift of a kit helps empower health workers and volunteers to connect with patients, opening the opportunity to encourage them to seek treatments, bring pain medication to alleviate their suffering, and provide a referral and even transportation to a hospital when needed.”
A sincere thank you goes to my Human Care Committee, Mary Schwarz, Mary Mulfinger and Tabitha Hoffman. As well as a thank you to the many volunteers that circulated in and out to help with the ‘Gifts from the Heart’ at convention.
And, now we look forward to 2020!
The LWML website is a wonderful resource for Mission Service ideas. Click on Service in the top menu and then, Mission Service Activities.
School is starting and there will be the need for school supplies. You can check with your local ministries or directly with your area schools as to their needs. Even after school starts it’s not too late, they can use supplies all year round. Also, check out the August 2017 Mission Service Activity on the lwml.org website for ideas.
Please share any ideas/events for serving others that your church or society may have done. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or share with our eNEWS editor, Roxanne Pieper at email@example.com.
VP of Human Care