The ELCA’s Churchwide Office in Chicago, otherwise known as The Lutheran Center, recently hosted a used book sale to benefit the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Staff members were encouraged to donate their used books to the sale. Many generous donations led to a very robust sale with an abundance of titles. Shoppers seeking to find a bargain could also do some good, as all proceeds were donated to the Malaria Campaign.
ELCA General Secretary David Swartling is the one who first voiced the idea of a book sale. David also serves on the ELCA Malaria Campaign’s National Leadership Team (our volunteer board). The Book Sale was organized and rolled out in just a few days. Many staff members came together quickly to make it a success!
Our Lutheran Center colleagues brought hundreds of books to sell ranging from children’s books to novels to science fiction. There was also a healthy selection of theology text books – as one might expect from a book sale at the national church office!
The book sale raised $950 to support prevention, education and treatment interventions for malaria. Thanks to all of our great colleagues who donated books, advertised the sale, volunteered their time, and made additional donations to the Malaria Campaign.
Additionally, there were 32 boxes of unsold books donated to WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger). WINGS helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for shelter, education, guidance and support. They provide safe, secure living environments that allow women to go to school, work, and achieve financial and emotional independence. We were glad that this event benefitted our local community in Chicago, as well as benefitting the work of our companions in Africa.