Each day I will write about something that a person can do to help others. I want to prove that we can help others and our world without having a lot of money or time. I feel strongly that we all have something that we can offer. The things that I write about will usually not take up much time or require large donations. For 300 other ways you can make a daily difference, visit DoGoodEveryday365.com
Action: Donate Used Items
Time Needed: Time to Find and Mail or Drop Off
Requirements: Need to clean out the attic or basement
Cost: Only cost of mailing or gas if you drop off
Can you imagine that you are living your life and one day because of things that out of your control, you have to leave your country because you will be in danger if you stay? There are so many things that go on beyond our borders that make people have to find a place stay to go. These people have gifts to bring to us and since our country is based on welcoming others that is what we need to do. Journey’s end provides these brave people with the service they need to become productive members of our community.
Journey’s End is providing informational sessions to help us all to understand about some of the stresses that brought individuals here. The talks are in Buffalo, NY and they will help you learn about refugees. The dates are on 10/25 at 8 AM, November 1 at 5:00 PM and November 8 at 12 Noon.
These talks are free and you will come away being a better community member. You need to register ahead of time. You can do this on their website.
If you are unable to make it to these great informational programs, there are other way you can help. When refugee’s come to settle in Buffalo, they need some basic supplies to get started. If you are cleaning out some things you do not use anymore, this would be a great place to donate these items.
You can help by sending in some of your used items instead of tossing them out. You will change the world for these brave pilgrims that are coming here for a fresh and safe start. Here is a list of the items that they need.
Items with an asterisk* are always in short supply.
Home Again Starter Kit
salt and pepper
Dish washing liquid*
First Aid Pack
Iodine and alcohol prep pads
Medical adhesive tape
Medicine measuring spoon
Personal Hygiene Pack
Comb and brush*
Centerpiece for a table
Domestic phone card
International phone card
Good Night Pack
Pillows (must be new)
Sheets for single or double beds (please indicate which)
A set of dishes
Pots & Pans (preferably no Teflon)*
Large cooking pot*
Serving bowls, platters
Salt & pepper
Five pound bag of sugar
20 lb. bag of rice
5 lb. bag of flour
Each ethnicity will have specific food items that are staples. Lists available from JERS
Other needed items
Kitchen table and chairs*
New socks and underwear—any size*
Green Cleaning Kits
Distilled white vinegar
Caddy for ingredients
Additional items given to refugee families as they become available:
Iron and ironing board*