Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all our blessings. The arrival of our Afghan allies is an opportunity for us to pay it forward for all we have received. Every one of us can make a difference in someone’s life!
Only two percent of citizens are native to the land the U.S. encompasses, so most U.S. citizens have roots in other nations. Considering our history, there is nothing more American than an immigrant. Ensuring that every immigrant has access to housing, food, medical/mental health services and community support is critical to a successful resettlement journey. Resettling to a new country can be very intimidating and overwhelming. Our role as community members is to welcome members to their new homes and create an environment of trust, dignity, and self-determination. The need is great.
The Church in Aurora and the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) are co-sponsoring a donation drive to help Afghans establish homes in northeast Ohio. Aurora residents are invited to donate to the drive or to volunteer:
The Church in Aurora / located at 146 South Chillicothe Road
Friday, November 19, 9am to 5pm
Saturday, November 20, 9am to 5pm
Ways to Get Involved
+ Drive up and drop off donations (see donation needs list below).
+ Receipts for tax purposes will be provided to donors at the drive.
+ Information about the work of USCRI or to donate money on-line is available at refugees.org.
+ To volunteer during the donation drive, email Liz Sutter by EMAIL
Following is a list of urgent needs. These items should be new or in excellent condition and must be clean.
+ Babies and Children: baby food, highchairs, cribs, Pack ‘n Plays, bathing bins, single or double strollers, diapers, wipes, cribs, toys, games, and car seats (must be in good working order, no more than 10 years old and not appear on Car Seat Recall List).
+ Bathroom: bathmats, body lotion, heavy duty shower liners with rings, small waste cans for bathroom, hand towels, wash cloths.
+ Books: basic reading level featuring letters and numbers.
+ Cleaning Supplies: dish soap, all-purpose cleanser, sponges, cleaning rags, paper towels, laundry detergent, waste baskets, mops or brooms, dust pans, cleaning buckets, trash bags, toilet bowl cleaner, toilet brush, 11-gallon kitchen waste cans, 11-gallon kitchen garbage bags, sponges, disinfectant wipes, floor vacuums.
+ Clothing: We are only accepting winter outerwear for clothing donations. We do not have the capacity to accept any other kind of clothing. Winter coats, scarfs, and gloves for men, women, and children.
+ Furnishings: Please note that we have a limited capacity to store furniture. To donate furniture, contact Graham Ball directly at 216-682-5565 or by EMAIL. to discuss specific furniture donations and to arrange delivery.
+ Kitchen Items: full set of place setting of tableware (forks, knifes, spoons), dishes, plates, soup bowls, cups, pots and pans with lids (saucepan, soup pots, large frying pan, and baking dish), large mixing/serving bowls, kitchen utensils (spatulas, wooden spoons, knifes, serving utensils), can openers, casserole dishes, tea kettles, drinking glasses (glass and plastic), microwaveable dish sets, scissors, oven mitts, hot pads, rice cookers.
+ Linens and Other Households items: towels, sheets and blankets (full or twin), pillows (new), pillowcases, alarm clocks, paper, pens and/or pencils, 60- or 75-watt light bulbs, hangers, command hooks, large plastic bins.
+ Monthly Phone Data Cards: From Straight Talk or Simple Mobile.
+ Toiletries (limited chemicals and fragrances if possible): toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, razors, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, personal hygiene items as appropriate, deodorant, moisturizing lotion, band aids, tissues.
+ Visa Gift Cards
+ RTA Monthly Bus Passes