Alternative Giving Season

It’s not too late to support the organizations of this year’s Alternative Giving Season! This page will be active and available for you to make choices through December 31, 2020. In addition to making a donation or purchasing items through the online means identified below, you may also write a check to Incarnation, placing the ministry name in the memo and send it to the Incarnation office, 4880 Hodgson Road, Shoreview, MN 55126. For questions about any of these giving opportunities, contact Becky Benson.

Download, print and personalize this gift card for the recipient(s) of your gifts.

ELCA Good Gifts

ELCA World Hunger is effective and efficient funding relief and development projects engaging in education and advocacy to help change the systems that perpetuate poverty both domestically and globally. Make a donation to ELCA Good Gifts by selecting items from this catalog of items and make a financial donation according to the item amount, by selecting “ELCA – Good Gifts” from the dropdown menu. Because ELCA World Hunger/Good Gifts is Incarnation’s giving appeal focus for Advent, watch for various donation suggestions made each Sunday throughout the season of Advent. A goal has been set to raise $9000 this season. Note that unfortunately, this year, we are unable to make ornaments or special Good Gifts donation cards available for ELCA Good Gift donations made through Incarnation.


LifeHaven provides housing and support to young single women ages 16 and 17, who are pregnant or parenting, and is located on the east side of St. Paul. While the Holiday Gift Drive is over, you may still support the work of LifeHaven by giving an online donation here.

Solid Ground

Solid Ground, located in White Bear Lake, provides stable housing and extensive support services for families to break the cycle of poverty through goal planning, budget & tenant training, dialectical behavior training skills, parenting classes, community resource education and more. Purchase Welcome Basket items through Amazon or your favorite retailer. Welcome Basket items include laundry baskets, mops, plungers, paper towels, toilet paper, dish scrubbing pads, pot holders, oven mitts, kitchen towels, bathroom waste baskets. Welcome Basket items may be delivered through the end of December.

If you order items online through the above Amazon link, please have them delivered directly to Solid Ground, East Metro Place at 3521 Century Avenue N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110-5689. If you purchase items from a retailer outside of the Amazon or an online retailer, please drop off items at Solid Ground M, W, F mornings from 8am to noon or T, Th from 12:30pm-4:30pm, and not Incarnation. For those who would like assistance bringing items to Solid Ground, contact Mary Moen, Claire Gilbert or Connie Aram. No Welcome Basket items should be dropped off at Incarnation.

Financial donations made for Solid Ground will be used to meet greatest needs. Make a financial donation in support of the work of Solid Ground by selecting “Solid Ground” from the dropdown menu.

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf distributes food and household supplies to people in need in the Mounds View Public School District attendance area and connects them to other resources as they work towards stabilization. Choose one or more of the following giving options this season. No food or household donations should be dropped off at Incarnation.

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children is committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. Children. Volunteers hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children and these meals are shipped to distribution partners around the world. Make a donation in support of the 2021 All Hands On Hope MobilePack™ Event, by selecting “Feed My Starving Children” from the dropdown menu. Each meal packed costs 24 cents to produce.

Also, consider purchasing items from FMSC’s MarketPlace. Proceeds from the purchase of MarketPlace items support artisans across the world and FMSC directly.

Global Health Ministries

Global Health Ministries, a non profit organization located in Fridley, addresses the medical needs of our Lutheran hospitals and clinics in 13 countries around the world with a focus on training and sending containers of medical supplies.  During this time of global pandemic, GHM has received matching funds to address the needs of COVID 19, which means we can double our impact of helping the hands that heal. Our international brothers and sisters need us. Make a donation in support of this work in any amount, by selecting “Global Health Ministries” from the dropdown menu. Any amount is welcome which will be used to help purchase materials locally to make masks in country; $200 will purchase 250 N95 masks for a mission hospital overseas.

Holy Hammers/Habitat for Humanity

Holy Hammers is an ecumenical partnership of 15 area churches that works through Habitat for Humanity to provide decent, affordable housing for all people. The majority of the homes purchased through Habitat are by families of color, which is significant since home ownership is one of best ways for a family to become financially stable. Make a financial donation to help purchase building materials needed for the Habitat house to be built by the Holy Hammers in 2021, by selecting “Habitat for Humanity” from the dropdown menu. Another way to support Habitat for Humanity is to donate tools, building materials or appliances directly to the Habitat ReStore at 510 West County Road D in New Brighton. Physical donations cannot be accepted by Incarnation.


Lyngblomsten is a Christian nonprofit organization serving older adults and families through healthcare, housing, and community-based services in the metro area. Bless the residents of Lyngblomsten by being a part of Lights of Lyngblomsten. This annual appeal raises funds for Lyngblomsten’s greatest needs. This may include tech items for connecting residents with loved ones, arts and lifelong learning opportunities, and programming for those living at home with memory loss and support for their caregivers. Make your donation by December 31. [Suggested amounts: $100, $250, $500]

To contribute by check: Make checks payable to Lyngblomsten Foundation, indicating “Lights of Lyngblomsten” in the memo and send to Lyngblomsten Foundation, ATTN: Patricia Montgomery, 1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.

To contribute online, “Lights of Lyngblomsten” from the dropdown menu.

Tanzania Education Support

Incarnation’s partnerships with Mkwawa Lutheran Church, Kigamboni Lutheran Church, and the Iringa Diocese, are based in three shared practices: prayer, presence and projects. Make a financial donation to support student sponsorships within our partner congregations or other Tanzania education initiatives, by selecting “Tanzania” from the dropdown menu. $400 will support a secondary student for a year including school fees, uniforms, books and boarding.