You continue to AMAZE us!
First, we want to thank everyone who immediately jumped in to help us meet our goal to deliver 300 bags to Guatemalan asylum seekers settling in rural Oregon. We are thrilled with your efforts so far. Our partners in migrant education have provided us with more information about the community needs, which means we have an update on the help we still need from you to make it happen.
Based on their information, our goal is to create 45 infant/toddler bags, 125 bags for children aged 3-12, 90 bags for teens, and 40 bags for adults.
We've also got a community potluck coming up next Sunday, October 6th, 5:00-6:30pm, at the Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark in Portland. Our potlucks are a wonderful opportunity to welcome recently arrived refugees in person. Bring your favorite dish and join us we share a meal and a story with our newest neighbors.
What do we need by October 26?
Our Amazon Most-Needed Wishlist is up-to-date with quantities of bulk items. Anything you see there can also be purchased locally and dropped off with us - we aren't fussy about colors and styles!
Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, lip balm, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, and a hairbrush or comb. If you've ever wanted tohost a donation drive for Butterfly Boxes at your school, church/synagogue/mosque, or with your neighborhood friends, now is the time!
As we head into the winter, we want to be sure we can include 2 pairs of socks in each bag. This is an other great idea for a donation drive.
Books! We include books in every bag for infants through teens. We have a wishlist on Usborne Books. Once we reach $250 worth of books ordered, Usborne will match every sale at 50%. In other words, every book you buy for us using the link above will generate credit for us to buy more books! (Love what you see and want to buy some for your own kids? Use this link, and they'll match those purchases at 50%, too!)
Volunteers! Join us for a volunteer day on Saturday, October 26th. We'll be prepping all the donations that arrive between now and then. Kids are welcome! Sign up so we know you're coming.
Grateful for your continued support,
Adrienne & Alysson