New Refugees Coming
Today's Donation Pick: Learning English Dictionary, $10, Digital Alarm Display, $10.95
Due to the court rulings over the weekend, refugees with proper documents and clearing can come to America again, at least for the next few days. Many have rushed to airports all over the world and set out for America once more, they are passionately drawn to the dream of being in America.
They are the victims of terrorism, not terrorists. They are the victims of politics, they are not political.
Refugee workers and volunteers are in chaos and confusion, they are scrambling to help people with approved visas get here, some are making it. People who have suffered enough are suffering more.
We are a divided country, some people want to slam the door close, some are fighting to keep it open. However it is resolved, I can testify that these are good people who need help, women and children mostly who have spent years trying to get to America lawfully. I hope that most of us are not so polarized that we cannot pause to help a refugee mother and a child or a young father working two jobs.
Hope (above, not her real name) is not a political child, she has been an innocent bystander all of her life.
Here they are, these good people, these families, more coming in, almost desperately, every moment, for as long as they can. I hope that whatever your politics, left or right, conservative or progressive, you can transcend argument and think about helping these people. They need everything and have nothing, they gave it all up to be here.
The U.S. Committee On Refugees and Immigration (USCRI) has put up an Amazon gift page to help the arriving refugees acquire the necessities of life, the stipends they receive are and mostly gone before they arrive. If you can, please check out the Amazon Page, and thank you. They need everything.
They are arriving in America right now, many coming to a cold and icy upstate New York winter. The things they need are not expensive, the donations are simple to choose and send. You can pick them yourself – a Learn English DIctionary for $10, kid's socks, a digital alarm clock, pots and pans, diapers, silverware, teapots and comforters. New items have been posted this weekend.
These new immigrants are experiencing a difficult and frightening passage, these donations allow them to feel welcome and safe, they reflect, I believe, the true heart and soul of America. I am going to meet some of them soon.
The gifts range from $7 to $50, they are constantly updated to reflect the needs of people who are exhausted, frightened and confused. This may make all of us feel better, it has certainly infused me with hope and a sense of purpose.
Don't argue. Do good.