Help Refugess by donating items to World Relief

November 2021

Dear Church Members,     

Thanks to all of you who attended the World Relief presentation by Chicagoland Executive Director Susan Sperry on October 24th.  I recently received an update from Rev. Keith Draper, Head of the Church and Volunteer Engagement Team for World Relief.  He writes…”we have now seen 23 people arrive in our Aurora office, 19 in our DuPage office, and 12 in our Chicago office.  And the numbers are growing from Afghanistan and around the world, so we want to see a sustained response to the growing needs.  We are now speaking about the waves of arrivals we expect over the next 6 to 9 months so churches can plan for and engage as they are able.”  I would add that the World Relief October Newsletter stated that, in the year ahead…”World Relief Chicagoland expects to welcome 235 Afghans and over 700 newly arriving refugees from all over the world..”  To put this in perspective…”This is an increase in refugee resettlement of over 600% since 2017.”     So the need remains great. 

My idea is to assemble at least one “kit” for a refugee family.  These kits are extensive, and include basic household necessities for a newly arriving family.  They include items for a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, as well as food, cleaning supplies, and miscellaneous items. I’ve already asked the leaders of groups within our church to spread the word and mobilize support within the groups they lead.  But it’s up to ALL of us to respond if we can. Please examine the Welcome Kit Lists to see if you could supply an item. (Bedroom sheets should be new but otherwise items can be “gently used.”)  Items are to be brought to the former Rt. 56  Sunday School room beneath the Fellowship Hall, (or old sanctuary), and will be delivered to the World Relief office in Carol Stream before Christmas. So let’s all work together to welcome the new neighbors in our midst!  Thanks to all of you for opening your hearts yet again.”  

In Christ,

Nancie Lillie and the Committee on Missions/Church in Society

For more information go to World Relief Chicagoland Website