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Patrick Stewart

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BC Baling Days 2012 a Success!

Many hands and smiling faces populated the Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Abbotsford warehouse on May 14/15 for the annual Baling Days event. Dozens of volunteers from the region’s Lutheran churches filled the facility to sort, pack and load We Care supplies into a 20-foot cargo container destined for the Iglesia Luterana Sinodo de Nicaragua. Much of the goods will be dispersed through a Lutheran–Church Canada mission located in Chinandega that also received a shipment from CLWR in 2010.

          BC Baling Days Chairperson Ed Jacob (photo by Lynne Eser)



BC Baling Days 2012 Shipment Totals








 Weight (kg)


 Est. Value










 $ 24950


We Care Kits








 $   4149


Baby Bundles








 $   8910


In addition to quilts and We Care kits a large contribution of medical supplies from International HOPE Canada was included for the mission’s medical and dental clinic. The medical supplies were moved to Abbotsford free of charge thanks to our good partners at Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd.

Nearly one-quarter of the Baby Bundles collected came from the Peace Lutheran Women Abbotsfor. (photo courtesy of Lynne Eser).

The success of the event is largely due to a very committed group of volunteers who rally around coordinators Ed Jacob, Cathy Schreirer and Grace Wushkie every year. It is also heartening to note that there were many new faces out this year to lend a hand. A big thanks is also due to Dennis Vogt, the warehouse manager for MCC-BC, who always makes us feel right at home. The container now awaits passage out of the Port of Vancouver. We look forward to providing further updates as it makes its journey to the people of Nicaragua.



Baling Days moving forward

The inaugural KW-Baling Days (August 20/21) project received a boost as Jennifer Ardon has been hired to head up CLWR’s new regional office in Waterloo. Jennifer will serve as Church Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator beginning May 22nd and will provide logistical support for this burgeoning event.



 We Care Supply


 Donation Target


 Total Pledged


 Quilts & Blankets






 Baby Blankets






 Baby Bundles






 We Care Kits






We Care pledges have been steadily coming in but many more quilts and kits will be required to fill the container. Churches and groups in southern Ontario are encouraged to contact CLWR to find out how they can help. Donations of quilts and kits can be dropped off at the Mennonite Central Committee's Kitchener warehouse: 61 Kent Ave., Mon-Fri (8:30 - 4:30) beginning August 6th.

About two dozen volunteers will be needed for each day of the event to receive, sort and pack the doanted goods. A volunteer sing-up sheet has been established. Those interested are encouraged to contact CLWR and let us know about their availability. We hope to have as many churches as possible involved, i.e. 2-4 representatives per church. More information on the event as well as the project’s beneficiary is available on our website.


News & Notes

                                                                                         (Photo by Jean Ringhofer)


Ottawa, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – On Mother’s Day the congregation set up an assembly line to create CLWR We Care baby bundles. Members could gather together the parts of a bundle, which includes sleepers, blankets and cloth diapers, and then pass it to several women at a “quality control” table for checking and wrapping. Men and women were involved with assembly, as well as packing and taping the boxes. The boxes were dropped off at Home Hardware on the following afternoon for shipping to CLWR’s warehouse in Winnipeg.


                                                (Photo by Margaret Hundeby Hunter)

Saskatoon, Augustana Lutheran Church - Throughout Lent members of Augustana Lutheran and St. Timothy’s Anglican (worshipping in the same building) were invited to donate $5 towards the cost of a We Care bag. Each time a bag was sponsored a small yellow bag was clipped to the clothesline at the back of the sanctuary. The clothesline also held items for one layette.  All appreciated the visual impact as they saw their clothesline fill with miniature bags.  We thank the members and friends of Augustana and St. Timothy’s for their generosity. Donations will fill more than 60 bags this year. 

                                                       (Photo courtesy of LWF Zambia)

We were happy to hear this week that our December 2011 shipment to Zambia has finally cleared customs and distribution will commence soon. Early this year CLWR’s Executive Director Robert Granke and We Care Program Coordinator Patrick Stewart travelled to Zambia to meet with Lutheran World Federation staff and community members who will benefit from this shipment. Their compassion and determination was very inspiring and we are eager to learn how their lives are impacted by this project.


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