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Bring Items to Convocation for the Third World Down the Street Care Kits Project

Help this service project for our homeless neighbors by LTSP’s Seminarians Action Alert Network (S.A.A.N.) with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA and congregations:


Homeless Neighbors

Care Kits for our Homeless Neighbors

Homeless Neighbors“The Third World Down the Street” is a joint project between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and the Seminarians Action Alert Network (S.A.A.N.) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia – and congregations like yours. While we are often aware of the great need of people in countries across the world, many of us don’t realize that just a few miles away in the city of Philadelphia people are living in third world conditions. While the lives these neighbors of ours live may seem to be a world away from us, there are so many who are just one paycheck or medical bill away from homelessness.

Homelessness is often hidden, and does not always look like we expect. Some of the most quickly growing populations of homeless people are youth, young adults, and families. And they need our help.

The idea is simple. We are collecting large, gallon size zip lock bags with the most commonly needed items that someone who is experiencing homelessness would need for daily survival. And that’s where YOU come in!

Items Needed:

  • ChapStick
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Razor
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Wipes
  • Granola bars or crackers

Please also consider writing your favorite scripture verse in a card or a note expressing your love for the recipient. Feel free to add a gift card from places like McDonald’s if you desire.

We can also use sturdy backpacks, along the lines of the average JanSport. It would be particularly helpful if you are able to collect your kits into a backpack, to aid us as we go out to distribute them!

Homeless Neighbors

“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” – Luke 25: 37-38

Care Kits bulletin insert

Click to download the Care Kits bulletin insert pdf and share with your congregation

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