Thank You for Making a Home for a Refugee Family

By Melanie Folstad

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 & pans, a lap top, stuffed animals and much more! The generosity was overwhelming!

The weekend of July 22nd we gathered items, delivered them to the apartment and a group prepared the home for the family’s arrival on July 26th. Together we created a space that is warm & 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!

If you have a couple of minutes, check out the video of the home that was created.

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