East Rowan church collects more than 1,100 blankets for disaster relief

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 6, 2022

SALISBURY — Christiana Lutheran Church wildly exceeded its goal last week when it donated more than 1,100 blankets to the North American Lutheran Church’s disaster relief warehouse in Statesville.

The church’s Hug a Blanket Project set an initial goal of 300 and a stretch goal of 500, but the final tally was 1,132 when church members delivered the blankets on Thursday. LaVaughn Beaver, the project leader, said blankets were still coming in after the delivery day.

Beaver said the church’s Sister Lucille Women’s Circle chose to donate blankets to the Lutheran organization because it depleted its supply after tornadoes swept through western Kentucky in December. Blankets also have uses other than warmth, Beaver said. They can be used to create shady spot on a sunny day, for children to play on and to sit on.

For Pastor Carl Haynes, the project fits in well with the mission of the church and is the latest in a number of charitable projects completed by Christiana’s congregation.

“Christ calls on us to serve those in need and we take seriously Christ’s calling,” Haynes said.

The large donation was made possible by the generosity of church members of all ages, including children who gave their own blankets and a veterans group that meets at the church on Tuesdays. There were homemade quilts, throws and baby blankets. Gently used blankets received a wash before donation. Beaver said church members asked family, friends and coworkers to help.

Some ladies volunteered to be super shoppers, using donated money to buy blankets to contribute.

The women’s circle also prayed for a successful project.

“And holy cow, look what happens when you pray for blankets,” Beaver said. “It brings tears to our eyes, and like Dennis the Menace recently said in the Salisbury Post, ‘It’s OK to cry, and not just while chopping onions.’”

Other churches that made donations included: Salem Lutheran, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Haven Lutheran, St. Mark’s Lutheran and Holy Trinity Lutheran in Troutman. Thrivent Financial also made a donation.

Beaver said Christiana has adopted the motto “no blanket left behind” and intends to make a follow-up trip to the Statesville warehouse this week if there are any more donations.

The next women’s circle project will be health and school kits in May. They’ll be praying for an equally successful project then, too.

Christiana Lutheran Church is located at 6190 U.S. 52, near East Rowan High and Erwin Middle. The church’s phone number is 704-279-4655.