Each year congregations of the ELCA Southeastern Synod meet in Atlanta to spend the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday serving the community.
Attendees are encouraged to bring rice and gently used pots and pans to a special commemorative service on Sunday. Then on Monday, volunteers meet in Clarkston, Ga., to assemble kitchen packs for newly resettled refugees. Gene Lewis, who has helped organize the event for years, calls Clarkston “the heart of immigrant refugee resettlement in metro Atlanta.” He adds that “at Clarkston High School there are over 60 languages spoken in the homes of the students.”
After assembling the kitchen packs, volunteers then also participate in a city-wide cleanup.
Volunteers pose with a truck full of rice packs ready for distribution.
Packing the rice.
A mountain of rice for dividing up.
More rice packs.
A gift from your Lutheran neighbors.
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