As part of the Gathering, we lift up offerings in three distinct ways, In-kind offering, Saturday morning offering, and a special offering. Each of these offerings support unique missions and values of the ELCA and the Gathering.

In-Kind Offering

In the aftermath of a storm, hurricane, or tornado, New Orleans residents regularly find themselves without electricity. This quickly becomes a health crisis as people try to manage life in the hot, humid Gulf Coast summers. City leaders and community organizers identified the eight most-requested items to help residents as they wait for the power grid to be restored.

Our goal is to create 3,000 disaster relief kits filled with these items to help New Orleanians get through the days immediately following a natural disaster. It takes about $100 to create an entire disaster relief kit. We encourage you to collect the items for your region or raise funds to complete an entire kit!

Each region is asked to bring a different item to build our kits: 

Region One and Two: Small personal fans (AA battery powered)
Region Three: Charging banks
Region Four: Liquid IV
Region Five: Cooling towels
Region Six: AA batteries
Region Seven: Small first aid kits
Region Eight: Personal wipes
Region Nine: small lanterns (AA battery powered)

If you'd like to purchase items to be shipped directly to New Orleans, consider purchasing from the following Wish Lists.

Saturday Morning Offering

One of our core values as we plan a Gathering is to be a good partner to the city that hosts us. This varies from city to city but in New Orleans, you will be giving to a project that changes lives. Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans has a partnership with Tulane University to build affordable housing. A portion of your Saturday offering will go to the Gulf Coast Synod to support this ministry. One day, you may return to New Orleans, and pass by the house that you helped to build.
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Special Offering

The world produces more than enough food to feed every person, yet the number of people who are hungry has grown since 2019. More than 2 billion people around the world aren’t sure where their next meal will come from, and for as many as 828 million people, that next meal won’t come at all. Together, we can be the generation that ends hunger.

There is another story unfolding around us: the story of God at work through you in ELCA World Hunger around the world. It is a story that has been unfolding for the last 50 years through our church as we worked together to create sustainable, lasting change. It is a story of new homes being built, of new fields being planted with crops. It is a story of wells bubbling with clean water and of small businesses bursting with opportunity. It is a story of caring for the environment and of healthy communities thriving.We all have a role to play, just as generations of Lutherans have done before us.

Do you believe that hunger has no place in our world? At the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering, join ELCA World Hunger and commit to being part of the generation taking action to usher in a world without hunger, and futures filled with hope.
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