As many of you know, Katie Johnson has been working with Deacon Anne Derse regarding this outreach effort.
Below are the most current needs:
Gift Cards, specifically requested:
Any amount is helpful. This allows the ability to pick up necessary health and toiletry items that are specific to each person - to which, we can all relate.
Uber and Lyft gift cards are also still welcomed and appreciated.
A crucial non-monetary way to assist is to sign up to receive Episcopal Public Policy Action Alerts:
and register your e-mail contact information. This allows us to effectively advocate for just and compassionate public policy.
This group, helps "push & advance" policy which is rapidly evolving, in order to assist the resettlement of refugees in numerous ways.
This is a simple yet powerful and helpful action.
If you would like to learn more about the situation in Afghanistan, here are several resources:
· EPPN Action Alert on Resettling and Evacuating our Afghan Allies
I write to you in a moment of crisis, when Afghan refugees are beginning to arrive in our region. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, will land at Dulles International Airport and Fort Lee in coming weeks. Some refugees will arrive with some financial support from the US government; others will arrive with nothing. All have lost everything.
In times like these I am reminded of something Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said on the night before he died. He was reflecting on Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, in which, you recall, two religious leaders passed by a wounded man on the side of the road, while a despised foreigner stopped to help. King said that when the two religious leaders saw the wounded man, they asked, “If I stop to help, what will happen to me?” In contrast, the Samaritan asked, “If I don’t stop to help, what will happen to him?”
If we don’t help, what will happen to those fleeing Afghanistan? That question is causing people across the country and in our region to do whatever they can to advocate for and prepare to welcome those desperate to escape Taliban rule.
Several EDOW congregations have already begun organizing themselves to help in ways large and small. I am grateful for their efforts and encourage all who can to join them to do so.
We’ll have more information in the coming weeks. This is both a fast-moving crisis and one filled with chaos and confusion. Thank you for being among those willing to ask the compassionate, courageous question, and like the Samaritan, to step up to help those in need.
Bishop Mariann E. Budde+
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