On Friday, June 10, we learned that the Syrian refugee family would be arriving on June 29 and that our Christian support is needed to help settle them in our community. At a meeting on Monday, June 13, about 25 people met to talk with Aram Derbandi of Samaritas and Afifa Thaj of the Islamic Center to make plans for their arrival. The Almaasarini family (a father, mother, a 3 year old little girl and a 1 year old little boy) has been living in Jordan and going through a 3-4 year screening process before being allowed to enter the United States.
We are in need of furniture (see below list) and financial support to purchase linens, towels, dishes, etc. We were told by Aram and Afifa that it would be best to purchase most items new rather than take contributions. That is spelled out on the aforementioned list.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
For the next two weeks we will have “Caring & Sharing” envelopes in the bulletins and on the usher stands. There will also be an insert in the bulletin with a list of the needed items that can be donated.
Donated Items: You may call or email Claudia or call the church office (343-3453) to indicate you have an item(s) to donate. We can make arrangements to pick items up, if necessary.
Cash Donations: These donations would be most helpful as we have so much to purchase in a short period of time. An anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $500 donated. Included in our purchases are new mattresses for a queen bed and a twin bed (costly items). Please make your checks payable to Prince of Peace and put refugee family on the memo line. You may drop your check in the offering plate or take it to the church office.
We will be setting up the apartment the week before they arrive, so time is of the essence.