The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Hand-in-hand with Haiti

Congregation, community supply school with locker leftovers

It's a rite practiced every spring by countless students — the great locker cleanout.

When Katherine Finlay, a member of Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church, Bay Village, Ohio, cleans out her locker now at the end of her senior year she'll probably both reminisce and imagine where the contents might go.

Finlay, like others in her church and community, is a recycler. Two years ago Hughes Bastien, director of a Christian school in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, spoke at her church.

With those Haitian schoolchildren clearly in her mind, Finlay asked schools for the supplies from cleaned-out lockers. She tore pages out of spiral binders and collected more than 52 boxes of pencils, crayons and other usable school supplies that would have been trashed.

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