Beth Eden brothers encourage giving

Samuel Calderon (pictured on left), who was nine on November 20, and Nathaniel (on right), who will be seven on December 12, celebrated their birthdays together this year at their church–Beth Eden, Newton. Instead of gifts they asked those attending to bring a donation to help the many people who have been affected by hurricanes this year if they so desired. The ELCA’s Lutheran Disaster Response sent brochures and envelopes which were displayed on a table. The brothers received $405 at the party and some parents took envelopes home. The boys’ parents are Stephanie and Luis Calderon.

Story submitted by Yvonne Barnhardt.