Volunteer to Make Care Packages for Refugees

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In a time of national (and international) crisis, it’s easy to feel powerless, as though there’s nothing you can do to help. Fortunately, that’s not entirely true.

As we’ve noted before, Baltimore is home to hundreds of refugee families from Nepal, Iraq, Ethiopia, and elsewhere– many of whom left their home countries because they were fleeing violence and persecution. As the rhetoric around welcoming refugees heats up in the wake of the attacks in Paris, it’s nice to hear about a group of Baltimoreans gathering together to offer a simple gift of welcome.

For the second year running, the International Rescue Committee has partnered with a group of local do-gooders to create care packages for refugee families. Thanks to the number of volunteers who have already signed up, the group has already expanded its gift bag target from 100 to 200. If you’d like to get involved, you can sign up to provide travel sized toiletries, socks, winter clothing, or other useful supplies, or sign up to come help assemble the gift bags on Sunday, December 13.

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