Want to share a smile this Christmas? Give a gift to a newly-arrived refugee family!
Since 2006, Pat Reichert, volunteer extraordinaire, has headed up the Refugee and Immigration Center’s annual Refugee Christmas Gift Giveaway. Partners like Augustana, First Lutheran Church, and many individuals throughout the community share the joy of the season by donating presents to people who have fled war and persecution and arrived in the U.S. during the last year.
“The Christmas Giveaway is a great example of the welcoming nature of the Sioux Falls community,” says Pat. “It says a lot when people are willing to give a gift to brighten up the holidays of someone they’ve never met.”
This year, 278 refugee individuals are hoping to receive gifts, but we need more sponsors to make that happen. Would you consider giving a gift to brighten someone’s holiday this year? The types of gifts refugees receive seem small—a toy for a child, a blanket or warm hat for an adult—but they can make a big difference for a child with few toys or parents who have never survived a South Dakotan winter before.
Pat hopes to have the items collected, wrapped, and delivered to case workers by December 14th.
If you’d like more information or to give a gift, large or small, please contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org or(605) 526-6225.
The staff at Lutheran Social Services Refugee & Immigration Center say “THANK YOU!” for your generous contribution, but it might sound a little different from the people receiving your gift: Merci! Shokran! Asante sana! Dondevat! Gracias!
Gift ideas include:
Blankets (twin/full size, no throws)
Towels (hand, bath and wash cloths)
Sheet sets (twin and full size)
Pots and pans (stew pots especially)
Age appropriate toys
Simple board games (limited English)
Spiral notebooks, pens & pencils (with sharpener)
Shampoo (no conditioner)
Shaving Cream/disposable razors
Lip gloss/chap stick
Post by Amy S.Z., Refugee & Immigration