The evening news provides just a glimpse of the violence and chaos in Afghanistan. With the leaving of the U.S. military, the Afghans who were employed by the U.S. government and their families are left vulnerable and in grave danger. Many are now in the process of being resettled in the U.S., some in our very own community.
Our senior director of refugee services, Laura Cook, recently sat down with Ken Amaro of First Coast News to explain how LSS is helping our Afghan allies who are fleeing Afghanistan for a better life in our own community. Click below to see her full interview:
If “welcoming the stranger” is close to your heart, there are many ways you can help!
(1) Monetary donations are the easiest way to help, and they are the most needed since every arriving family is unique and has unique needs. DONATE HERE.
(2) Volunteers help us with everything from setting up refugee apartments before they arrive and greeting them at the airport, to helping refugees get to appointments and tutoring youth. LEARN MORE HERE.
(3) Donating NEW household goods also helps since there are some basic items every family needs. (Some items can be gently used–please see below.) You can order items directly from our Amazon wish list, or from the list below. VISIT WISH LIST HERE.
- Pot and pan set (may be gently used)
- Dish set for 4
- Dish set for 6
- Drinking cups
- Twin bed sheets
- Queen bed sheets
- Twin blanket
- Queen blanket
- Bathroom trash cans
- Kitchen trash cans
- Kitchen broom
- Kitchen cleaning supplies
- Toys/crafts/games for children 0-18 years old
- TV (may be gently used)
- Sofas (may be gently used; please send a picture; item will need to be dropped off by donor)