The idea of collecting donations in small offering boxes goes back to the early 1800s, when church women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to raise money. Mite boxes were given out as fundraising tools to collect pennies for the support of church projects and foreign missionaries. In later years, Lutheran women were given small Thankoffering boxes to place in a special location in their homes as a visible reminder of blessings received. Women would add coins to those boxes as particular blessings were noted.
Giving Thankofferings is grounded in scripture and in the WELCA constitution. “All income, whether received by the unit, conference, synodical or churchwide organization, shall be viewed as being given to the total program of Women of the ELCA.”