‘Holy Rollers’ complete array of missionary work

Laura Holmstrom and Kathryn Keen with the 
bandages the volunteers roll for Global Health 
Ministries. Janell Maslowski and Mary Johnson showing the newborn kits that they put together.  
Photos by Noelle Olson The Rev. Mark Gruner with the quilting and Holy Roller volunteers from Spring Lake Lutheran.
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Janell Maslowski and Mary Johnson showing the newborn kits that they put together. Photos by Noelle Olson

A small group of women from Spring Lake Lutheran Church in North Branch made a commitment in 2002 to do special missionary work for third-world countries.
The church works with Global Health Ministries. On March 10, the Rev. Mark Gruner and women of the church donated 22 quilts, 68 newborn kits, four baby blankets and 3,561 rolled bandages. AmericInn Lodge and Suites, in North Branch, donated sheets for the bandages.
The women, called “The Holy Rollers,” roll the bandages at home and get together once a month at the church to tear the sheets. The bandages have specific assembly requirements.
“The bandages have to be 2 by 4 inches in width, white, closed off with masking tape, and put in small boxes,” volunteer Mary Johnson said. “There is an endless supply of need.”
The newborn kits consist of:
• Bath towel.
• T-shirt.
• Hat.
• Cloth diapers with safety pins.
• Wash cloths.
• Receiving blanket.
The women have donated 22,667 bandages since 2002 and 254 newborn kits.
The 22 quilts donated were made in one year by the quilting group, which meets once a month at the church. Global Health Ministries wraps the quilts with medical equipment to prevent damage during shipping and then gives the people the quilts. The quilts went to the people of South Sudan.
“It’s always satisfying to help others, and the need is so great,” Johnson said. “When we get together as a group, not only are we working for a greater cause, the camaraderie is wonderful.”

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