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Inspired by God's love for humanity, Canadian Lutheran World Relief challenges the causes and responds to the consequences of human suffering and poverty.

How to make We Care Kits, quilts

and other gifts


CLWR’s humanitarian shipments are greatly valued throughout the world because of their high quality and usefulness.

By following these guidelines (that promote consistency and fairness) you will help to ensure that our international partners can work effectively in very challenging situations.


We Care Kits

Quilts and Blankets

Sundresses and Shorts

We Care Bears

Cloth Diapers

Sanitary Pads


Or click here for a printer-friendly version of our brand-new instructional brochure (March 2016)




We Care Kits

Each kit represents an opportunity to connect and make a real difference in someone’s life. We are pleased to present a wide variety of giving options suitable for all ages.

Click here for printer friendly instructions for all We Care Kits

or follow the instructions below.



Learning and Living Kit: Providing the next generation with the tools to learn


- 3 lined notebooks

- 10 unsharpened pencils with erasers

- 1 metric ruler (30 centimetres), 1 pencil sharpener and 1 eraser

- 1 pack of crayons (or pencil crayons)

- 1 small and simple toy (new and not requiring batteries)*

- 1 bar of soap and 1 toothbrush (new and wrapped)

- 1 tube of toothpaste (expiration date no earlier than one year)




Make your own toy! Please click here for a We Care Bear knitting project. It's an excellent option for those who want to hand-craft toys for Learning and Living Kits, and our We Care mini-T-shirts fit them perfectly! Bears can also be donated individually.



Baby Bundle: A gift of warmth and comfort for mothers and newborns


- 2 sleepers or gowns

- 2 undershirts or “onesies”

- 2 receiving blankets

- 6 safety pins

- 2 washcloths and 4 cloth diapers* (68.5 cm x 68.5 cm—unfitted)

- 1 sweater or sweatshirt

*Click here for instructions for buying or making cloth diapers.




Sewing Kit: Invaluable when money is tight


- 1 package of hand sewing needles

- 3 yards or metres of cotton/ cotton-blend fabric

- 2 spools of thread

- 1 card of buttons

- 1 pair of scissors


Hygiene Kit: Basic toiletries for comfort and dignity


- 1 bar of soap and 1 toothbrush (new and wrapped)

- 1 tube of toothpaste (expiration date no earlier than one year)

- 1 washcloth and 1 hand towel

- 1 wide-tooth comb

- 1 box of plastic bandages

- 1 small container of Vaseline

- 1 emery board and nail clippers


*NEW: You can choose to ship your Hygiene Kits overseas in a plastic bucket instead of a cloth bag.

Buckets are practical and useful gifts that can be reused in a number of ways, like holding food and water.

Like the cloth bags, buckets will be available for a suggested donation of $5 each.

It is expensive to send large numbers of buckets in Canada, so we are encouraging you to send your Hygiene Kit items unpackaged to our Winnipeg warehouse so that volunteers can place them in buckets before they are shipped overseas.

When ordering your buckets, let us know that you wish to do this and how many Hygiene Kits you will be sending.

However, if you would still like to receive some buckets at your church so you can assemble the Hygiene Kits yourselves, you can:

1. Order 10 or fewer buckets. We can send them to you without any additional cost on your part (other than the $5 suggested donation per bucket).

3. Order more than 10 buckets, but enclose an extra suggested donation of $2 per bucket (on top of the $5 suggested donation per bucket) to cover shipping costs in Canada.

Bucket orders can be placed by emailing or calling 1.800.661.2597.




Teacher’s Kit: For those who make a difference


- 1000 sheets of lined paper and 1000 sheets of blank or coloured paper

- 20 pairs of scissors

- 20 metric rulers (30 cm), 20 erasers and 20 pencil sharpeners

- 10 calculators

- 5 packs of pencils and 5 packs of markers

- 2 geometry sets

- 1 box of paper clips and 1 pack of rubber bands

- 1 deflated soccer ball with sports pump

- 1 stapler with box of staples


Order your We Care bags or buckets today! Bags and buckets can be ordered from CLWR by phone (1.800.661.2597) or email ( The suggested donation of $5 per bag or bucket covers the cost of shipping the kits overseas.




Quilts and Blankets



CLWR has proudly shipped hundreds of thousands of handmade quilts around the world. These cherished gifts provide comfort, warmth, and shelter, and are a compelling example of Canadian compassion.

Quilting groups have supported the work of CLWR for decades, and we thank them for their dedicated service.


Adult quilts should be approximately 1.5 x 2 metres (60" x 80") and of medium weight and thickness, about 2 kg (4 pounds). 

Simple and sturdy machine-sewn quilts are best, made with any good new or used fabric. Tie layers together with yarn or floss.

Smaller children’s quilts, blankets and afghans (in a variety of sizes) are also needed.

Blankets should be clean and in good condition.

Request We Care fabric tags for your quilts and blankets! Tags can be ordered from CLWR by phone (1.800.661.2597) or email ( The suggested donation of $5 per tag covers the cost of shipping the quilts and blankets overseas.



Sundresses & Shorts


Simple, bright and colourful sundresses are a remarkable gift for young girls, and a fun project for novice and experienced sewers.

We’ve prepared a printer-friendly set of straightforward instructions to get you started. In addition, please find below some links to free patterns from popular websites, along with a shorts pattern for the boys.

By attaching a We Care fabric tag you’ll help to get your gifts overseas to the children who need them most. Tags can be ordered from CLWR by phone (1.800.661.2597) or email ( The suggested donation of $5 per tag covers the cost of shipping the dress overseas.


Click here for the printer-friendly sundress pattern


Other patterns:




Knitted Teddy Bears


A handmade teddy bear will be a treasured gift for a child, and a perfect addition to the Learning and Living We Care kit if you wish! Bears can be shipped separately or within a kit. 

A $5 donation outfits the bear with a We Care T-shirt and assists with the cost of shipping the toys overseas.

You can download a pattern for the bears by clicking here.

Request We Care mini-T-shirts for your teddy bears!

T-shirts can be ordered from CLWR by phone (1.800.661.2597) or email ( The suggested donation of $5 per T-shirt covers the cost of shipping the bears overseas.



Cloth Diapers


Flat-fold diapers are preferred and can be created simply. Use pinking shears cut flannel into pieces 27” x 27”. If the flannel is thin consider making the diapers two layers thick. It may also be necessary to zigzag the edges to prevent unravelling.

With the popularity of disposable diapers in Canada it can be difficult to find cloth diapers and pins to include in Baby Bundles. Fortunately there are many online resources available to purchase or make your own.

These are just a few of the websites dedicated to the subject of cloth diapers.

Another alternative is to recycle used t-shirts into diapers. Download instructions here.




Sanitary Pads


For many different reasons, women in the developing world often do not have access to the sanitary products they need. Many girls choose to stay home when they are menstruating or drop out of school entirely when they reach a certain age. By following these simple instructions you can create sensible and reusable items that really do make a difference.


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