6 refugees, 2 suitcases. Help needed to furnish homes!

People pack less and less these days when they go on vacation. But how many bags would you take if you had to move across the world and knew you’d never come back? For Ali, his wife Zainab, and their four sons, two small bags held all their belongings after having fled Somalia. Now, after decades in a refugee camp, they arrived here in Minnesota last week, their new home.

Ali and Zainab are among the dozens of families who are arriving this summer in Minnesota. With so few belongings, these refugees need a variety of things to set up their first American home, and to start their new life here. Right now, Refugee Services needs YOUR help, and new or gently used household items. Together, we can give each of these newcomers the warm welcome they deserve.

We are in particular need of:
Dining tables and chairs
Unscratched pots and pans
Kitchen cooking utensils (especially can openers and knives)

Donations can be brought during business hours to the MN Church Center (122 W. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis). Please call ahead to arrange for furniture donations or with questions (612-230-3249).

You can DONATE instead if you don’t have time to look for things. Help us purchase these items by clicking here: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Mcc-Refugee-Services

Or you can VOLUNTEER and use your free time this summer to make a difference. Do it on your own, or engage others in your church or community group. To get started, attend a Volunteer Orientation on July 9th, August 6th, or September 6th. Or just contact Jennifer Pins at rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org or 612.230.3221, for information.

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