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Generosity emerges from grief

On Feb. 15, 2013, Melissa and Aaron Haase got exciting news: They were expecting twins. The Stillwater, Minnesota, couple and their three-year-old son, Jackson, revealed the babies’ genders to friends and family —a boy and a girl. It was a joyous occasion.Thirty-three weeks into her pregnancy, however, Melissa was put on bedrest. “I was having pre-term contractions,” she recalls. “My body found it hard to tolerate the summer heat.”

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Thrivent Builds: 10 years of building brighter futures

Nearly 2 billion people around the world today live in slum housing.* Habitat for Humanity wants to change that. Founded in 1976, the global nonprofit envisions a world where – no matter who we are or where we come from – we all have a healthy, safe place to call home, along with the opportunity to build a better future.

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Hope for the hurting

In May 2010 Thrivent member Clayton Kent of Seward, Nebraska, started carving wooden palm comfort crosses as a way to fill some empty hours in retirement. Today the volunteer-based nonprofit organization known as The Cross of Life Inc., has created and shipped more than 70,000 crosses all over the world.

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Thrivent Choice charitable outreach funds help feed families

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, is a regional disaster and hunger relief network serving a 32-county area. The Food Bank works with 132 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies to ensure food gets into the hands of those who need it most.

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