Welcome to the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA
In-Kind Offering for Assembly
Books for Houston Needs You!!
Even if you aren't attending the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer, you can participate by donating books!
The Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. Building a foundation of literacy starts before entering kindergarten. Students who read at home become strong writers, critical thinkers, and more successful students than those who do not. Houston Independent School District estimates that 74% of the students in the district come from families who struggle to provide books for their children. This means the students begin each school year at a disadvantage.
In joining the Gathering's Blast Off for Books campaign, you will help ensure bright futures for Houston's students. The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps and other events around the city as part of the Gathering's Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hand's of Houston's economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.
Please see flyer or our Amazon Wish List for a list of books we will be collecting for the children of Houston. Note, we will only accept these books (new or lightly used).