During the last several months, ladies at Salem Lutheran Church in Smicksburg have been making quilts for a mission project for Lutheran World Relief. Lutheran World Relief is an agency that encourages projects that focus on improving the lives of those suffering from disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and for those in poverty.
In 2012, Lutherans in the United States donated and helped ship more than 412,000 mission quilts to people around the world. The goal for 2013 is 500,000 quilts. Salem Lutheran Church has joined this quilt campaign and has completed 37 quilts so far. These quilts are valuable to those who receive them. Most often they can provide warmth against the cold and rain, but their versatility also makes them useful as simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap for a baby. The quilts will be taken to Zion Lutheran Church in Indiana in September. From there, they will be transported to Baltimore for shipment.
Salem has also participated in other Lutheran World Relief projects. During the last couple of years, the church made school kits, baby care kits and personal health kits.
PHOTO: With some of the quilts are Helen Conrad (sitting); front row, from left, Jessie Bussard, Ella Stenman, Deb Rankin, Kathy Nee, Karen Hendershott, Betty Calhoun and Donna Fisher; and back row, Sandy Alabran, Helen Miller, Pastor Arlene Schweitzer, Linda Bingaman, Bonnie Marshall and Donna Greger.