Refugee Connection Phoenix is partnering with Dayspring UMC to collect supplies and assemble travel bags for Central American asylum seekers to help ease the journey to their destinations. These families were forced to leave their homes in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatamela – countries with one of the highest murder rates in the world, gang recruitment, and violence, to seek refuge in the United States. Heads of household are outfitted with a GPS tracking device, the families are sheltered in local churches for one or two nights with food and a shower and are then dropped off at bus station or airport to head to their families within the US while waiting for their asylum cases to be heard in the court.
Bring your entire family (kids should be age five or older) for a few hours of service! There will be stations for making hygiene kits, snack kits, toy kits and assembling complete bags. We will make backpacks for adults and teenagers and drawstring bags for kids. These bags will be given to volunteers at hosting churches to fill with clothes and additional supplies.
INSTRUCTIONS — PLEASE READ
1- Bring 1 backpack (new or used) per person (ie. If one adult and two kids are coming, bring three backpacks.) Inexpensive backpacks can often be found at discount stores like Ross or TJ Maxx or at Goodwill.
2. Bring any leftover holiday candy you may still have – we need a lot!
3- Sign up for filler items at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084fa9a72ea5ff2-travel1. The specified quantities are needed to provide 1000 bags. Items have been selected with lowest-price in mind and can be bought at suggested stores and/or on our Amazon wish list at: http://a.co/7W6Qhgq. Amazon items will be shipped directly to Dayspring. If you purchase from the store, please drop them off at Dayspring before February 18, if possible. If you bring donated items on February 18, please come at 9am so that we can place your items in the appropriate assembling stations. It is very important that you sign up using the link above so we know all needed items have been picked up. To sign up, click on the Sign-up button next to the item. If you do not have a Signup Genius account, it takes a few seconds to create one. You will be sent a reminder email.
If you’d like to help, but are unable to join us on the 18th, you can order the much needed items off Amazon or donate money and we’d be happy to purchase the items for you.
THANK YOU. We all CAN do something to help.