IRC Food and Donation Drive for Local Refugee Families

March 28 2016
March 28 2016

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Many of us see stories about refugees in the news and wonder what we can do to help.  In fact, we have refugee families from countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, Syria, Eritrea and Bhutan here on our doorstep in the East Bay.  The International Rescue Committee is an organization that resettles refugees locally, helping them with tasks such finding apartments, enrolling children in school, and helping them navigate the US health care and financial systems.  For the first few months after their arrival, grocery bills can be a problem for refugee families while they are still regaining their financial footing.  Right now, IRC is holding a food drive, and Christ Church’s Global Outreach team is helping us take part.
Each Sunday in April, at all three sites, there will be food donation collection stations near the welcome table.  See the attached guidelines for what types of food can be accepted (note — they have some specific requests, e.g. no canned goods!).  You can also drop off grocery store gift cards.  If you have any questions, please contact Peter Todd or Laura Freeze on the OCN.
Be creative; involve your kids, friends or parishes!  Thanks for helping our local refugee families.