Hygiene Kits

Love Like Lija partnered with Olivia to provide hygiene kits for 320 low income Evanstonians! According to Olivia, “It amazed me when I passed them out how grateful people are for these kits—the smiles and looks of surprise on their faces! It’s so cool to see that little things like this make a difference! I hope Lija knows and is proud …

Hope Garden

A Key Club at a central Illinois high school will plant a Hope Garden at a local park. Hope gardens “help to destigmatize issues of mental health and provide awareness for suicide prevention. Hope gardens become a beautiful place for survivors and loved ones to post messages of hope and healing. We tragically lost a student at our school to …

Kids in the Kitchen

This month we awarded a grant to “Kids in the Kitchen,” a program of the Junior League of Peoria.  All award monies were used to provide grocery kits  to children served by three Peoria-area social service agencies. The kits included groceries, recipes, nutritional fact sheets and instructional recipe videos. Videos were created by Junior League of Peoria members and their children. …

Books that Promote Kindness and Acceptance

This month we partnered with the GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club and Juniorettes in Clearwater, FL. Funds were used to purchase books that promote kindness and acceptance to six Title 1 elementary schools, thus supporting teachers in their efforts to teach diversity and kindness and promote inclusion in the classroom. By providing the books in a storage unit on wheels, …

Literacy at the Laundromat

LLL partnered with SCARCE and their Literacy at the Laundromat project. Promotion of early literacy is crucial to children’s future success in school, and having books in the home is a large component of that.  In many communities, children spend an average of 2 hours per week at the laundromat with their parents with nothing to entertain themselves.  Through this project, …

Care Packages for Children

Robert Gutwa and the Grace Community Centre-Kisii in Kenya partnered with Love Like Lija to make care packages for children in the village. According to their application, “With the pandemic…every home had children who were desperate, out of school for over 8 months and poor parents, guardians who have lost a job, are ailing from terminal illness, elderly taking care …

The Giving Gang

This project took LLL to Central Illinois to work with a group of Illinois State University students who refer to themselves as “The Giving Gang.” The team worked in conjunction with Home Sweet Home Ministries (HSHM) whose mission is to “demonstrate Christ’s love through innovative approaches that instill hope, restore lives, and build community.” Thanks to a grant from LLL …

Thanksgiving food baskets

One hundred and thirty Central Illinois families received Thanksgiving food baskets, thanks in part to a $1,000 Love Like Lija grant. Twenty Limestone High School student council members assembled and distributed these baskets families in need. LLL funds were used to purchase turkeys, oven bags, disposable pans and rolls; community members contributed pies and canned goods. According to the longtime …

Students Working to Promote Diversity

We partnered with Creating Champions, a group of seven high school students who are working to promote diversity, inclusion and positivity amongst their peers. They used $1000 in grant money to provide essential items to students in the Moms Who Care (MWC) program at their high school. MWC, founded in 2016, is run out of a room in the school …

Operation Christmas Child boxes

SURGE (pre-teen) students from RockChurch in East Peoria, IL used their LLL grant to make 24 Operation Christmas Child boxes. The kids were encouraged to choose items for their box that they would enjoy receiving.  Lyla made sure to choose a pink toothbrush and pink socks for her box along with a pink handheld mirror for the girl who will …