"Life is Sweet—Save One." That was the message on the 'Sweet Sacks' that created a buzz at the Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly this year. The Synod Malaria Team did a great job of increasing malaria awareness at that assembly. First, they created a stunning, colorful visual display that drew the crowds to their table.
When visitors appeared at the malaria table, they were invited to complete a "10 for 10" service project—to spend 10 minutes making 10 'Sweet Sacks.' A Sweet Sack contained a few Hershey's Kisses, an inspiring message, and the URL of their synod's malaria-related website. (Hershey's Kisses have a special meaning in the Lower Susquehanna Synod, which is home to a little city called Hershey, Pennsylvania!)
Those who participated in the 10 for 10 service project received and special thank-you gift: a Skeeter Swatter. The Skeeter Swatters were specially designed and produced by the Synod Malaria Team. They are red and octagonal—like a stop sign—and contain a great "no mosquitoes" image and, again, the URL for the synod's website. What a great tool for raising awareness and swatting skeeters!
Thanks so much to the Synod Malaria Team of the Lower Susquehanna Synod for these great ideas. They are very willing to share—so please feel free to adapt these marvelous ideas to your own synod. (If your team has any great ideas to share, please send them to Jessica.Nipp@elca.org.)