Almost a year ago, many of us took the opportunity to welcome new refugees (mostly Ukrainian) to Iowa by donating items for kits (bath, kitchen, bedding, cleaning, etc.) which were taken to Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) in Des Moines for distribution. Thank you all for your generous hearts and gifts.

LSI is now giving us another opportunity to help refugees with some urgently needed items. In visiting with LSI’s Community Engagement Specialist Natalie Estrem, I learned that these items leave their offices almost as quickly as they come in, so there is almost always an urgent need. Please consider giving a gift of money toward these needs to First Lutheran Church – please mark your check or cash ‘Refugees’.  Our Ministry Support Coordinator Megan Pitz and I hope to order items from Walmart and have them delivered to the LSI Office in Des Moines so that no one from Decorah needs to drive them down. Walmart has free shipping with a minimum order. Please note with your gift if you would like it towards a specific item as listed below:

  • Twin sheets for adults         $19.97 Cotton Percale set at Walmart
  • Twin/King comforters for adults  $25+ bed in a bag comforter sets at Walmart
  • Laundry detergent  $19.24 Tide in an Eco-Box 105 loads at Walmart
  • Dish soap     approximately $3 per container at Walmart
  • Large kitchen trash cans      $20 at Walmart
  • Large frying pans     $12 at Walmart
  • Large pots    $8.94 at Walmart
  • any amount to help with sales taxes or price increases

Please donate by MARCH 31. NO FOOLING, Megan and I will take care of this at the beginning of April! God’s peace and blessing be with you all, Nancy Solomonson

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