Pentecost Projects 2020


Personal Care Kits

Lutheran World Relief

Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief

Update-September 2020

Personal Care Kits are always in demand. The need is greater than ever due to the
ammonium blast on August 4 th at the port in Beirut, Lebanon.

Three Lutheran World Relief containers were in the port holding approximately
$624,000 worth of humanitarian supplies to be distributed to Syrian and Palestinian
refugees living in Lebanon. The supplies included 22,000 quilts, 100 cartons of
school kits, 125 cartons of baby care kits, and 300 cartons of personal care kits
(about 15,000 kits)—all made by Lutheran congregations.
Lutheran World Relief staff finally has gained access to the port to verify the damage
to the containers and to sort through the damaged goods to see if anything can be
salvaged. The probability is that they are so covered with fertilizer dust; they will
not be usable. Thus, the overwhelming need for personal care kits.

Quilts are being replaced from a Dubai warehouse managed by the UN. Additionally,
LWR in partnership with a local aid agency is working to secure food and shelter for
Beirut citizens impacted by the blast.

St. Luke is responding to the need for Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief.

When families must flee their homes for safety in times of conflict or find their homes destroyed in a natural disaster, carrying soap and a toothbrush is not a priority.  Finally arriving in a place of safety—often a refugee camp—they are scared, vulnerable, travel weary, and dirty.  The simple items in a Personal Care Kit offer much needed self-care, critical germ fighting, and a chance to regain some dignity—a chance to feel human again.

Assembling Personal Care Kits to be distributed by Lutheran World Relief is one of the 2020 Pentecost Projects at St. Luke.

Include the following items in each Personal Care Kit:

  • One lightweight bath-size towel (20” x 40” to 27” x 52”), dark color recommended. Please stay within stated size ranges.
  • Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 – 9 oz, any brand, in its original wrapping; no mini or hotel size bars
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • One sturdy comb (no picks or fine toothed combs); remove packaging
  • One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging

Please do not add other items or leave out any of the items listed.  All items should be new and in good condition.

Wrap all the items in the towel and tie securely with ribbon or yarn.  Please do not enclose the kit or any of its contents in plastic bags.

If you would like to contribute to the cost of shipping the kits ($2.65 each), include the amount in your offering envelope (checks payable to St. Luke) designated as LWR Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund.

Place your paper items in the designated bin by the keypad door once the church reopens, or by scheduling a time with Christine in the office, now through November 28, 2020.

Paper Product Collection

Franklin County Homeless Shelter

Paper Products for the Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless 

The Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless provides temporary emergency lodging for individuals who have lost their homes.  The shelter also serves families as space is available.  The stay at the shelter for an individual or family is brief, usually 14 – 30 days.  The staff works with their residents to find affordable housing.

While aiding these people, the shelter has an on-going need for paper products, especially toilet paper and paper towels.  Paper plates and cups are also appreciated. Our donations help the shelter meet immediate needs, while focusing their limited resources on finding permanent solutions for the homeless.

For more information go to www.sccap.org/homeless-services.

Place your paper items in the designated bin by the keypad door once the church reopens, or by scheduling a time with Christine in the office, now through November 28, 2020.

Fly Fishing

For Wounded Veterans

Project Healing Waters

Annual Fly Fishing

Supporting a day of fishing for wounded veterans, in the Conococheague Creek, is a new project in which St. Luke members can participate. Your dollars donated for this day will go to Mason/Dixon Warrior Adventures, a local group, which sponsors an annual “Falling Spring Annual Invitational Fly Fishing Outing for Wounded Warriors.”

Usually held in May, this event reaches out to veterans in hospitals such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center and others in the greater D.C. area and brings them to the Conococheague Creek for a day of fishing.  Prior to the event, the vets take weekly fly tying and casting lessons.  Upon arrival at the Conococheague, the veterans are assisted in their fishing by volunteers from the Falling Spring Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Franklin County Chapter of Izaak Walton League, and Penn National Fly Fishing Club.  Local merchants and community members join in sponsoring this event.  A dinner is served before the veterans return to their temporary homes in the hospital after their day in the creek.

As a member of St. Luke you, too, can support this annual fishing event for these wounded veterans.  Checks should be made out to St. Luke Lutheran with “Fishing Outing” in the memo line.  This project is one of St. Luke’s 2020 Pentecost Projects, now through November 28, 2020.