‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? ’
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
In the coming months the United States and the Pacific Northwest expect thousands of refugees from war-torn Afghanistan to arrive to start new lives. Most will arrive with very little and will need support and resources. One way that St. Andrews can help is by joining Lutheran Community Services Northwest (lcsnw.org) to provide Refugee Starter Kits for families that will help them get started with basic supplies.
St. Andrew’s has set a goal of providing starter supply kits for at least 3 families in 3 weeks, with the project starting September 5 and running through September 26. We may be able to do more! This is a tangible way we can welcome our new neighbors and live into Christ’s call to us.
There are three ways to help with this project:
You can donate all the items in an entire kit. Items need to be packed in a box or plastic tub, labeled with the name of the kit, and left unsealed. Kits can be brought to the church.
You can donate one or more of the items for a kit. All items should be new, and can be left at the church. Check with the church office before you purchase in order to avoid duplication.
You can make a cash donation that will be used to purchase items for the kits. Checks can be made out to St. Andrews and identified in the memo line for “Afghan Refugee Starter Kits”. You can also make a donation online by going to the church website and clicking on the donation button.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” Helen Keller
Adapted from the September Tartan article
by Kendall Burch, Diane Walworth, and Margo Fleshman