At Home Service Projects for Families

So now that you are home, how can you still serve your neighbors?

Need some options of things to do?

Lutheran World Relief Care Packages

You can create care packages for people in need all around the world.  These packages will be collected at church for shipping after Corona Virus precautions are lifted.  Go to this website for instructions: https://lwr.org/instructions.  Depending upon what you have at home, you can make School Kits, Baby Care Kits, Personal Care Kits, Fabric Kits, and Quilts.

 

Making Face Masks

Have a sewing machine and some cotton fabric?  You can make some washable face masks.  Here are some detailed instructions with pictures: Click Here.  Here's a separate video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kwFaRFHKhY.  Please note that both design creators stress that these masks are not a subsitute for the protection of medical masks and won't protect against Covid-19.  However, these cloth masks are helpful in other ways and hospitals across the country are asking people to pitch in to make masks like these to help nurses experiencing shortages.

The Dayton Sewing Collaborative is coordinating efforts in our area.  They have some info on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/daytonsewingcollaborative/.  They've asked that you email daytonsewing@gmail.com or call 937-476-1455 if you have masks ready to donate.

 

Is Your Home Accessible?

Make an accessibility plan for your house so that you are ready to show hospitality to anyone who shows up at your door.  Here are the steps:

  1. Draw a map of every floor of your house.
  2. On the map identify all the most important parts of your house for a guest: entrance/exit to the house, bathroom, place to sleep, place to eat.
  3. Next consider how you would make your house accessible to each of these people.  Accessible means that they could get to and use each of the most important places you identified in step 2. 
  • A person who is blind.
  • A person who is in a wheelchair.
  • A person who is deaf.
  • A person who uses a walker.
  • Anyone else you can think of.

Stairs are probably the hardest thing to figure out.  It's up to you whether you want to focus on the ground floor of your house which might eliminate the need to think about stair unless someone would have to use stairs even to get into your house.  Just make whatever plan you come up with includes access to the house itself, a bathroom, a place to sleep, and a place to eat.  Saying that a person would just have to stay outside does not cut it!!!

 

In-home Book Drive

Now is the perfect time to do some cleaning and some collecting.  Peace Lutheran church is connected to several schools and churches that will be in need of books as soon as corona virus precautions are lifted.  You could have your very own book drive at home!  Go through your shelves, closets, cabinets, attics, garages, basements and look under your beds, in your old backpacks, behind your desks for books to donate.  You can collect all these books and more:

  • Toddler board Books
  • Kid's Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Pre-teen Love Stories
  • Sci-fi Action Stories
  • Fantasy Adventure Stories
  • Bibles!!!

 

In-home Clothing Drive

Now is the perfect time to do some cleaning and some collecting.  Peace Lutheran church is connected to several churches and clothing rooms that will be in need of clothes as soon as corona virus precautions are lifted.  You could have your very own clothing drive at home!  Go through your closets, cabinets, attics, garages, basements, laundry rooms and look under your beds, in your old gym bags, behind your washer and dryer for clothes to donate.  You can collect all these clothes and more:

  • Socks
  • Hoodies
  • T-shirts
  • Pants
  • Onesies
  • Overalls
  • Shorts
  • Nice Easter and Christmas Clothes!!!