Many of you know that I grew up over seas as the daughter of missionaries. As such, serving others is very near and dear to my heart. Since moving to Wilmington several years ago, I was fortunate to become involved with a local ministry here that helps to resettle refugees. Interfaith Refugee Services helps Refugees from Cuba, Burma and the Congo. Many of these people come to the United States from situations that we can not even fathom. They have escaped near death and many have lost their entire families in horrific situations. They come to us seeking asylum and refuge, usually with absolutely nothing but the clothing on their backs.
One of the community service opportunities that we have adopted as a school is to adopt a family from Interfaith Refugee Services. There are currently almost 3,000 refugees in Wilmington at this time. There is a desperate need for linens, household goods such as pots and pans, dishes, small appliances, furniture, toiletries, clothing etc. Basically, if a human can use it, they need it.
The biggest need at this time is for personal items such as toiletries and food. Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap etc. For food items, they ask that the items donated be bland items as the people are not used to a wide variety of foods. Rice, pasta, beans, etc are the suggested items.