As you know, less than two weeks ago, we were contacted by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area and asked if we could set up an apartment for a family of 11 (yes, 11!) arriving on July 26 from Afghanistan. The family includes a father (45), mother (40) and 9 children ranging in ages from 3-21.
Without hesitation, St. John’s parishioners and other volunteers jumped into action and made this happen. Over the course of a week, the donations arrived – couches, chairs, tables, bedding, food, cleaning supplies, toys, grocery store gift cards, toothpaste, lamps, rugs, flowers, Metro cards, bath linens, dishes, pots and pans, a laptop, stuffed animals and much more! The generosity was overwhelming!
The weekend of July 22, we gathered items, delivered them to the apartment and a group prepared the home for the family’s arrival on July 26. Together we created a space that is warm and welcoming and will be so appreciated by our newest neighbors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassion and partnership. You are a blessing!