Elizabeth Diegel of Faith Lutheran Church, Brantford, ON, submitted this story about their seniors’ group’s penny drive for mosquito nets! They raised $557. 05 – that translates to 55, 705 pennies, and mosquito nets for 56 families.
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That’s not your grandpa snoring! It’s the sound surrounding young children in Africa who are trying to sleep while slapping the mosquitoes buzzing around them. Peace doesn’t last long and the army of mosquitoes is back and ready for action.
Why should this be of concern to us? Every 60 seconds a child in Africa dies of malaria. The most effective way to combat this is to supply sleeping mosquito nets for each bed. Each net costs $10 – a small price for such a preventative measure.
This past Christmas, the 39’ers (the Seniors’ Group at Faith Lutheran Church in Brantford, Ontario) decided to adopt the mosquito net project.
Members of the congregation were invited to donate their pennies toward the mosquito nets. Pennies literally flowed into the bottles and more and more bottles were added. Finally the time came to end the donations. What next? You guessed it. All the pennies had to be counted and rolled. After a day and a half of counting and rolling, the end was in sight. $557.05, or 55,705 pennies, were donated to buy mosquito nets. That translates into 56 nets.
Responding to these needs is a tangible way to share God’s love with the world.
Truly these nets are “Gifts from the Heart.”