Winter Warm-up for Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Organized by: Liz Miller
EVENT DATE Jan 04, 2016
JANUARY 5 UPDATE: SUCCESS!
Next time you think 1 person isn't enough to make a difference, check out this magic trick: I started with $25 to buy a coat for someone in need. I wanted to do more, so I asked others to help. Within a few weeks, $25 magically turned into $1,060 (over DOUBLE the original goal)! Today, I headed over to Human Rights First here in DC to give sweaters, coats, gift cards, and cash all made possible by your generosity in order to help individuals stay warm this winter. Imagine a few classrooms full of kids. Imagine a packed subway car. Imagine a group of people who have something now that they did not before. Imagine them warm and cozy instead of freezing.
Thank you all for supporting the human right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of all people and their families.*
"This is really going to make a difference in people's lives," said both the staff members pictured here from HRF to me before I left. I walked away with tears in my eyes because we ALL came together to help. Thank you, thank you. thank you.
Love is best.
*Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25(1): "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
Think about the coldest winter day you've ever experienced: the wind whipping at your face, the sensation that your feet have turned into blocks of ice; your hands going numb. I'm sure you were grateful for whatever warmth you could find, which is why I'd love if you could help me provide some warmth to others.
Last week, I received an email from the coordinator of the Refugee Assistance Program, a program of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy group in DC and one that I have volunteered with in the past. After a surge in volunteer interest over the past few months, RAP has been working to develop new partnerships to expand its volunteer opportunities. One of those new partners is Human Rights First, an organization that provides legal representation for indigent asylum seekers who have come to the U.S. fleeing persecution. Each year, Human Rights First hosts a winter clothing drive for their clients, but this year they have a shortage of winter clothes.
I am raising money to make a large purchase of winter clothing items to take directly to the Human Rights First office here in DC which will have additional clients coming for clothing assistance from January 4th – 15th. What can you give? Even a little bit can help. If you can't donate money but can donate clothes, you can send directly to the office. Details below. (Just let me know so I can tell you how awesome you are!)
They are happy to take whatever new or lightly used winter clothing they can get, but they are most in need of:
- Men's coats, size small
- Girl's coats, ages 10-14
- Gender neutral toddler's coats
Here is the address:
Human Rights First
ATTN: Winter Clothing Drive
805 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20002
Photos from HONY's "The Syrian Americans" series: http://www.humansofnewyork.com