By Emily Gross, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Child & Family Services of Indiana/Kentucky for continuing to assist children and families throughout the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
LCFS of Indiana/Kentucky is headquartered in Indianapolis and provides a wide range of residential and community-based programs to help children and families in need. In addition to operating an emergency shelter, group home, and other infrastructure to help young people find respite and new direction in life, the nonprofit works with partners to offer food and other needed items at no cost to families in the wider community.
Through The Sharing Place Food Pantry, LCFS of Indiana/Kentucky provides food to families in Marion County, Indiana, and continues to enlist donors and volunteers during the pandemic to keep the program going strong. They also ran their annual Christmas Store in December. Hosted by Gethsemane Lutheran Church in downtown Indianapolis, the store provides gifts parents can select for their children, as well as makings for Christmas dinner. LCFS of Indiana/Kentucky put out the call early for supporters to donate items such as toys, gift cards, small kitchen appliances, home goods, and board games. As a result, they were able to give many families a wonderful Christmas.
Many Americans found it difficult to afford food and other necessities this holiday season, let alone gifts for their children. We are so thankful to organizations like Lutheran Child & Family Services of Indiana/Kentucky for keeping their doors open to support members of their community in spite of the pandemic.