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Thrivent Magazine Winter 2020

Thrivent clients put generosity in action: Winter 2020

Thrivent clients holding a "Hands & Hearts on a Mission" sign at a Thrivent Action Team

Thrivent Action Teams help clients make a difference in ways that matter.

Committed to giving

Mooresville, North Carolina

Lifelong volunteer Dorothy (Dottie) Franks lives out her belief that people should serve their communities. Her care for children in need is endless, so Dottie led a Thrivent Action Team to support a project called “Our Gift of Care.” The program helps children who are homeless and living in poverty in grades kindergarten through 12 by providing schools with “Go Bags.” Each bag contains a sleeping bag, pillow, blanket, small hygiene kit and healthy snacks.

Dottie’s team used its Community Impact Card to furnish 20 sleeping bags, food and hygiene items for the bags. She asked store managers to give her a gift card or a discount. They sewed more than 100 colorful pillowcases to include in the bags. Each creation is made with love in hopes to bring a smile to the children and show them someone cared and wanted to make and give them this special gift.

“Our Gift of Care" is part of Bright Blessings, a nonprofit organization located in Lake Norman, North Carolina.

Help during a crisis

Mason City, Iowa

Dianna Francis led a Thrivent Action Team of teens to help with a blood drive at St. James Lutheran Church for the Red Cross of the Tri States Chapter. Each chapter helps serve the need to keep a reliable blood supply for patients who need it, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. The teens helped with setup, checked in donors and served refreshments.

Meals for seniors

Naples, Florida

George and Jane Turczyn wanted to help shut-ins receive a hot meal at home. The Christus Victor Lutheran Senior Ministries supports the Café of Life Senior Meals Outreach program, which provides seniors with food prepared in a team members’ kitchen. They led a Thrivent Action Team and assembled 32 meals and packaged them with a Bible verse.

Rock painting fundraiser

Jackson, Nebraska

When Patricia Teager learned her community food garden, run by the nonprofit Voices for Food, needed a new tiller, she formed a Thrivent Action Team to help.

Teager used her Community Impact Card to buy supplies for local artists who spent 500 hours painting rocks to sell. They raised $6,000.The garden works with the state of Nebraska to provide food to local food banks and churches.

Serving together virtually

Rockville, Maryland

Sharon Kemmerer led a Thrivent Action Team to support EveryMind, an organization that provides services for people in crisis.

A team of youth from Rockville United Church met virtually to create bags for the homeless. They included a space blanket, materials for bracelets and bandanas for masks.

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