Lutheran World Relief Boxcar Loading

Save the Date: Boxcar Loading 2017
October 7, 2017 • 7 to 11am 

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Thank you to everyone who participated! 

October 1, 2016 proved to be an excellent day for the annual boxcar loading for Lutheran World Relief at the West Johnson Street rail yard of the Wisconsin Southern Rail Road in Madison. Not too hot and not too cold – just right!  Donations came in from 84 churches primarily in Southern Wisconsin, but included three from Illinois and one from Iowa.  The total weight was a whopping 99,000 pounds, up substantially from previous years. Quite likely, much of the increased weight was due to the ever increasing number of kits that are donated.

The supplies travel from Madison to Baltimore where they are temporarily warehoused at a Lutheran World Relief facility until needed in emergency situations in countries around the world.  Including: Afghanistan, Armenia, Cameroon, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Philippines, Serbia, Tanzania, and Yemen.

We wish to thank all the providers for the great support we have received with our updated reporting form.  Our statistical analysis team co-chaired by Penny Duane and Hildy McCown has again done a marvelous job of compiling this data which is useful in so many ways.  I want to note also the efforts of our loading teams that include youth and adult groups from several churches and other organizations.  We now have two men, Craig Collins (St John’s, Madison) and Andy Brogaard (Living Christ, Madison), who have stepped forward to back me up as team leader.

Our partners at WSOR continue to be impressed with the safe operation we run and we want to thank all involved for their consciousness to safety at the yard. We look forward to seeing you all on October 7, 2017.  Please note that due to the decrease in traffic later in the morning, we will be open from 7 – 11 starting in 2017!  Also please take note of the copy of our reporting form included in this book.

Bob Topel, Coordinator

“Holy Comforters” Sent ‘Round the World: LWR Quilts

Hildy McGown

The Lutheran World Relief quilting project was born following WWII, when American women in

Lutheran congregations volunteered their time and sewing talent to respond to the need for

blankets among the war's survivors in Europe. Six decades later, this holy mission is still going

strong, only now the quilts are more likely to end up in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South

America, or Micronesia. They are given to desperate families who have lost their household

goods due to violence, flood, earthquake, or other calamity. Of all the many disaster-relief

agencies, only Lutherans distribute quilts.

I was intrigued by turning discarded linens into gifts of beauty and warmth the very first time I

heard of the project. The church I belong to, Advent Lutheran in Madison, Wisconsin, did not

participate in LWR quilting, but I was determined to start such a group when I retired. That

occurred in September 1995.

In the 20 years since, the quilters at Advent haven't missed a month without turning out quilts:

3,300 so far and counting! Every October, we load up a pickup truck with our 50-70 apple boxes

of quilts for our trip to the railroad head in Madison. That's where we encounter trucks and vans

full of quilts from Whitewater, Baraboo, Mt. Horeb, and towns all over southern Wisconsin.

Volunteers help load the boxcars, sending on their way the sum total of the year's output in

quilts--the sum total of a willingly given, collective labor of love.

To read more of Hildy's piece, please click here.

Thank you to everyone who has participated!

boxcar loading

Check out the 2014 issue of Walking Together. Pages 3 to 5 have a fantastic article on the Lutheran World Relief Boxcar Loading.

MALC organizes the annual Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Boxcar loading for South Central Wisconsin. Volunteers participate in loading two boxcars full of donations from around Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois at the rail yard in Madison, Wisconsin.  

The 2016 event will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 7am to 12pm. It will be held at the same location, the intersection of E. Johnson Street and First Street in Madison. 

Questions? Please call (608) 438-9136. Thank you!