As a nursing home chaplain, I believe that people’s worth in the world doesn’t end when they enter a long-term care facility like Lutheran Living. A primary goal of my work is reminding our residents of this truth and inviting them to see that the remainder of their lives can be as full as they allow them to be. Finding ways to work together to impact the world outside our walls is one of the best ways I have found to make this goal a reality, especially in this time of isolation and pandemic.
Each year during the season of Lent, we chose a charity to support. Over the last 5 years, we have helped provide fresh water in Africa; partnered with Emmaus Café to bring hot meals to the hungry each week; fought to stave off hunger through ELCA World Hunger; purchased piglets to give families in poverty a sustainable livelihood; and bought beehives to help subsistence farmers improve their crop production as well as combat the scourge of Bee Colony Collapse.
This Lent, it is our pleasure to partner with the Food Pantry at MCSA to help provide eggs for their clients. Eggs are a compact source of protein, can be used in an enormous number of ways, and are one of the few foods that supply dietary vitamin D (which is usually created when our skin is exposed to the sun.) Eggs, however, are perishable, and must be purchased fresh. At present, the MCSA Food Pantry is serving an average of 220 families each week. At just over a dollar per dozen, that means it costs approximately $250 per week to keep the Pantry stocked with enough eggs to meet their growing demand. That’s why we’ve developed the “Eggs for Easter” project!
Normally at Lutheran Living, we donate all the church offering money from Ash Wednesday through Easter to our chosen project. We also raise money by holding themed events and inviting our staff and families to contribute. This year, for example, we will be hiding large plastic Easter eggs in our residents’ rooms for staff to find; each egg found will mean money for Eggs for Easter.
But this year we are also doing something else differently—we are inviting YOU, the public, to join us in our quest to help the Pantry and their clients. If you would like to donate, please make a check to MCSA Food Pantry and write “eggs” on the memo line. You can mail checks either to MCSA Food Pantry at 512 Iowa Ave., or Lutheran Living, ATTN: Chaplain, 2421 Lutheran Dr. Both are Muscatine, IA 52761. You can also drop off cash gifts at either location and indicate the money is for Eggs for Easter and we will add it to the collection. After Easter, we will total the donations and give 100% of the funds collected to the Food Pantry.
You, too, can impact the world–even while isolating. Be a “good egg” and join us!