Give new refugees a warm welcome this fall!

We cannot believe that the time has already come to prepare our new refugee friends for this winter.   Because our families come from very hot climates, they seem to feel the chill of cooling weather earlier in the fall – a time when we think the weather is the nicest!  We want to make sure all of our families’ winter weather clothing needs are taken care of before this point in time, so our Warm Welcome collection will take place over the months of August and September, with a collection deadline of Friday, September 16

World Relief’s Warm Welcome drive is a great opportunity for families, groups of friends, and congregations to join together to minister in a simple way to those God has brought to us from around the world.  The local church and community join together to provide the means for our newest neighbors to survive the tough Minnesota winter ahead. 

 For those of you wondering what items are needed for this effort, we are looking for the type of winter outerwear items a Minnesotan would wear while waiting for the bus in the middle of January.  Our collection will therefore be limited to the following items: Warm Coats, Hats, Mittens, Gloves, Scarves, Warm Socks, Snow Pants, and Snow Boots.  To ensure the quality of donated items reflects the dignity of those we serve, we can only accept clean, gently used or new outerwear items. 

 What is also exciting about this year’s event is that the families will be able to “shop” for their own outerwear items at the World Relief office.  They will experience the dignity of being able to pick out their own styles and colors.  Shopping hours will be held on:

Monday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 21 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm (hours can be extended if necessary)

Tuesday, September 20 and Thursday September 22 during regular office hours, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

For those of you who would like direct interaction with families, we invite you to transport a family and help them shop for their items at the WRM office during one of these times. 

 If you would like to participate, please send an email to mnvolunteers@wr.org  with the following information:

Name

Group members (if applicable)

Best way to reach you: Email or Phone (please list contact information)

Will you be collecting winter outerwear items for this event?

                If yes, what do you plan to collect and approximately how much do you plan to collect?

For a large scale drive (through a church, school, community center, etc.), would you like to arrange for WR to pick up your donations?

Would you like to transport a family to the WR office to shop for their items?

                If yes:

                How many people can you transport?

                Do you have a car seat you would be willing to use to transport a child? If so, how many

car seats and for what ages?

Which date/time frame would you be available to transport a family?

N.B.: Transportation/shopping volunteers will need to submit a background check consent form if WRM does not have one on file from the past 3 years. 

Please contact Linnea Stevens at 612-243-2965 or lstevens@wr.org if you have any questions or would like copies of our Warm Welcome flyer to help spread the word.