Missouri West Division
Rev. Alfred Rodewald of the Missouri West Division (with clipboard) asked four members of his family to help him and Steve Krause load 810 filled boxes onto an Orphan Grain Train semi-trailer on November 8. The family had gathered from California, Iowa, Kansas City, and South Africa for his granddaughter’s wedding later in the day.
Orphan Grain Train, Missouri West Division at Concordia transferred 900 boxes of humanitarian goods on Feb. 29 to Orphan Grain Train International at Norfolk, Neb., for distribution to where most needed worldwide. People in western Missouri had donated the men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. The clothing was sorted and packed by men and women volunteers in the Concordia area and at Jefferson City, Lone Elm and Norborne. Everet Hinck, Jim Evert, Homer Nierman and Robert Frerking of Concordia placed a total of 20 wrapped pallets each containing 45 boxes of goods onto an Orphan Grain Train semi-trailer from Norfolk.
Orphan Grain Train Missouri-West Regional Division received 3,950 items of children’s clothing from the June 23-25, 2006, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Missouri District convention ingathering in Columbia, Mo.
District Vice President Martha Kleindienst of Jefferson City, whose service committee arranged the ingathering, reported the items ranged from infant sizes to size six and most items were new or nearly new.
Also received through the ingathering were 177 new pairs of children’s shoes, donated by Darling Shoe Co. of St. Louis, and $262 in donations to help Orphan Grain Train with shipping costs.
The service committee sorted and boxed the donated items, then loaded the boxes into vehicles of women who would be returning to Concordia from the convention. The boxes were brought to the Concordia sorting center and were later trucked to Orphan Grain Train headquarters in Norfolk, Neb., for distribution.
The convention ingathering also brought in 4,025 skeins of yarn. The yarn was divided, with half of it going to the women’s prison at Vandalia and half to a women’s knitting group at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in St. Louis. The women at Abiding Savior knit afghans for Orphan Grain Train and other humanitarian groups.
Missouri-West President Alfred Rodewald (left) and Roger Kammeyer in a recent photo with a trailer fully loaded with more than 1,200 boxes of winter clothing ready for delivery worldwide.