Refugees and asylum seekers are people fleeing violence and political or religious persecution in their home countries. The United States has a long history of offering shelter to these vulnerable people. Currently, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has begun utilizing the East Valley of Phoenix as a launching point for many of these people and families. Once they have applied for refugee or asylum status, ICE does a thorough background check, places them with tracking ankle monitors and schedules future hearing dates for more permanent decisions regarding their status.
These vulnerable people are then dropped off at local nonprofits and churches with nothing but the clothes on their backs. We are partnering with these organizations to provide assistance to these families by hosting a backpack drive that will collect items to fulfill basic, practical needs.
Please consider helping by putting together a package of the following and dropping them by the church front office as soon as possible.
Backpacks with working zippers or drawstring backpacks (used or new)
Reusable Water bottles
Hard candy/suckers/fruit snacks
Granola bars and other longer shelf life food items
Blankets (good for travel)
Walmart gift cards
We believe this is a simple and concrete way of being a good neighbor, of loving the vulnerable and of demonstrating the love to Jesus to a group of people who are in a state of great need.
Questions? Reach out to Sean Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org