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Winter Warm-up for Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Organized by: Liz Miller

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Liz's Photo
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Liz's Photo

EVENT DATE Jan 04, 2016

THE STORY:

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.

-Liz

*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."

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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
9th floor
Washington, D.C. 20002

Photos from HONY's "The Syrian Americans" series: http://www.humansofnewyork.com

$1,060

 

212% Raised of $500 Goal

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  • Liz Miller

    $25

  • Melanie Stratton

    $25

  • Perry and Karen Miller

    $150

  • Irene

    $25

  • Crystal

    $25

  • Paula Luxenberg

    $25

  • Gabe Hopkins

     

  • Kevin and Lisa Miller

    $50

  • Bianca Bob & Bill Hopkins

     

  • deidre

    $10

  • Nick and Beth Kushner

    $50

  • Janet Harris

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Chrissy Hart

    $25

  • Nico JB

    $25

  • Elliot Dickerson

    $25

  • David

    $25

  • Cara

    $25

  • Melinda Winegardner

    $50

  • Molly

    $25

  • Troy Pearley

    $25

  • Lindsey

    $25

  • Cappy and Scott

    $100

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Donor Comments

Cappy and Scott

Cappy and Scott

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Lindsey

Lindsey

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Troy Pearley

Troy Pearley

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Molly

Molly

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Melinda Winegardner

Melinda Winegardner

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Cara

Cara

DONATION: $25

Tribute to Chrissy Hart's amazing Facebook shares, like this one :) 2 years ago

David

David

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Elliot Dickerson

Elliot Dickerson

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Nico JB

Nico JB

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Chrissy Hart

Chrissy Hart

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

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