Church Collecting Items For Hurricane Victims, Students In Need

Pictured, from left, are Carol Sorg, David Eaker, Pastor Tara Lamont Eastman, Cindy Joslyn and Sylvia Lipsey. P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

The Tree of Life Evangelical Lutheran Church is now collecting items for those in need both home and abroad. The church is taking up collections for school supplies for about 100 children in need in developing countries, as well as underwear for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

All new Hanes and Fruit of the Loom underwear for men, women and children will be collected at the Immanuel Lutheran campus at 556 East Second Street campus until Sept. 10, according to the Rev. Tara Lamont Eastman. To donate money directly to the Hurricane relief effort, Eastman said to visit

“It’s a health issue and a human dignity issue,” she said of the underwear collection. “It’s something we take for granted.”

In addition, the church is working to provide 100 backpacks filled with supplies for children in developing nations.

Eastman said the supplies needed for each child include:

¯ four 70-sheet notebooks of wide or college-ruled paper;

¯ a 30-centimeter ruler, or ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other;

¯ a pencil sharpener;

¯ a pair of blunt safety scissors;

¯ five unsharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers, secured with a rubber band;

¯ five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink), secured with a rubber band;

¯ a box of 16 or 24 crayons;

¯ a 2 1/2 inch eraser;

¯ or donations of money to assist with purchase of 100 backpacks and shipping of boxes.

Backpacks will be assembled on September 10. This project is part of the church’s fall kick off for Sunday school.

The Sunday School Kick-Off event will begin at 9 am and, in addition to putting the backpacks together, will include registration for classes for Pre-K through adults, gathering of school supplies, donuts and juice/coffee and a photo booth. Worship service will take place at 10:15 a.m. with backpack assembly continuing after worship. A light lunch will also be provided.

The two collections fall under the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” campaign that focuses on serving others. The project also works hand-in-hand with the Lutheran World Relief Agency.

“This (backpack) project is important because I don’t think families should have to choose between feeding their children or having an education,” Eastman said. “By providing 100 backpacks filled with simple supplies of pencils, crayons, pens, paper and erasers, this terrible choice is avoided – and children are able to attend school. This project fits ‘God’s Work – Our Hands’ because our small efforts combined can remind 100 children that they are loved, cherished and encouraged to grow and as beloved children of God.”

For more information about Tree of Life Church, go to or go to our Facebook page: Tree of Life Evangelical Lutheran Church Jamestown. The Lutheran World Relief has more information on the School Kit program at