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Worry Monsters for Uvalde Students


On May 24th, 2022, the world changed for the students of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas when a gunman entered their school and opened fire killing 19 students and 2 teachers. Seventeen others were wounded.  As a response to this tragedy, the PLUM Churches joined together to raise funds to purchase Worry Monsters.  The Worry Monsters are stuffed animals that have mouths that zipper open and closed.  The students can write their worries on a piece of paper and “feed” them to the monsters.  School counselors make regular use of these monsters during their sessions with the students to help them deal with anxiety. As a group of 10 churches, PLUM was able to raise enough funds to purchase 120 Worry Monsters!  Thirteen monsters were delivered to the surviving students who were injured in the shooting.  The remaining monsters have been sent to the superintendent’s assistant, Ms. Mikka Sanchez to pass along to the Uvalde School counselors.  The school counselors will pass them out to the students with the most need. I wanted to express my sincere thanks to all the members of the Plum churches for joining in with the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in this very successful mission project. Our initial goal was to raise enough funds to sponsor 30 monsters.  When all the other PLUM churches joined in, we set the goal at 50 monsters.  Through the grace of God and the kindness and compassion of the PLUM members, we were able to significantly surpass our goal helping so many more students work though this tragedy.


Pam Feltes-McCurdy, LCOS



Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773