World Relief seeks donations at Community Picnic
People from around the world will meet Thursday to celebrate their freedom with food, fun and fellowship.
World Relief High Point will hold its second annual World Refugee Day Community Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at City Lake Park in Jamestown, complete with potluck dishes. The public is invited to attend.
The picnic is an opportunity for those interested to drop off donations and meet and talk with families served by World Relief.
“Thursday is World Refugee Day, and we wanted the picnic to be an opportunity to celebrate the refugees in our community,” said Joe McCann, director of church engagement and development. “In doing that, we wanted it to be the community celebrating, so we thought we would have a community picnic and invite refugees, churches, community groups, individuals and the general public to be a part of the experience. We are inviting people to bring a dish to share so there will be dishes from all over the world.”
World Relief High Point partners with local churches and the community to assist refugee families by providing support and encouragement as they adjust to their new lives in America.
“It is important to recognize the refugee community and to recognize what they have survived and persevered through, and the blessing that it is to have the diversity that they offer to High Point,” McCann said.
Staff and volunteers start by picking them up at the airport and taking them to their new homes.
Those homes are fully furnished with donated items. Staff and volunteers assist refugees in learning everyday skills such as using a stove, riding the bus and paying bills.
Each year, throughout the month of June, World Relief recognizes the courage of refugees that have been forced to leave their home countries. It is having a donation drive this month to collect supplies so it can continue to provide incoming refugees with furnished homes on a limited budget.
“For the community, this is an opportunity, if they want, to bring some used household goods or bring some good deals to put into the homes of people who are typically arriving with a bag and the clothes on their back. They need a lot of support, and this is an opportunity to do that as well,” McCann said.
For more information, contact World Relief at www.worldreliefhighpoint.org or call (336) 887-9007.
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World Relief is seeking these items to give families when they arrive at their new homes:
• Pots and pans
• Light bulbs
• Blankets (full and twin)
• Dressers and night stands
• Alarm clocks
• Hygiene products
• Mixing bowls
• Kitchen utensils
• Rice cooker and tea kettle
• Twin and full sheet sets
• Coffee tables
• Sofa and loveseats
• Notepads and pens
• Cleaning supplies