Ukrainian Refugees Update March 19, 2022:
Dear Partner in Ministry,
Our hearts are overwhelmed with your generosity. Because of your rapid response, the $422,000 congregational match inspired by Nelsonville Lutheran Church and Peace Lutheran Church in Amherst, WI – and joined by incredible congregations across the country – has been met. Time is of the essence and your love is reaching neighbors immediately. Thank you so much.
Yet the needs of our neighbors in Ukraine and the number of refugees are growing every hour. Here are some important updates from my colleagues directly on the ground assisting refugees this week:
- Your love is providing emergency cash support to Ukrainian refugees in southwestern Poland. This effort is in coordination with several partners, including Lutheran World Federation.
- Thanks to the dedication of Lutheran quilters and kit-makers, 8,000 care kits and 7,400 quilts are being shipped and distributed to our neighbors directly impacted by this crisis.
- We are coordinating with local organizations to move essential supplies into Ukraine, including medical supplies.
- And in case you missed it last week, your generosity is at work helping our friends at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Poland welcome refugees.
We are grateful for the thousands of Lutherans across the United States whose care and generosity have made it possible for us to respond immediately. We can’t do this without you.
Please continue to give – and to inspire your congregation to give – generously.
In deep gratitude,
P.S. Don’t miss our latest situation report detailing how Lutheran World Relief is responding to this crisis in the short- and long-term.
You can give online at lwr.org/match. This link can be used for your congregational gift or by your individual members.
You can also give by mailing a check to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061. Please write “Ukraine match” in the memo line.
The Cross of Life Quilters meet each Tuesday during the school year, hard at work making quilts for the Lutheran World Relief. These quilts are then sent overseas, where they provide warmth on a cold night, shelter from the harsh sun, or even clothing.
You do not need to be able to sew to make these quilts — they are made by tying knots. Donations of used sheets, remnant fabrics, and money for batting are always appreciated.
This group also forms tightly woven (pun intented) friendships, so come enjoy the fellowship and service.