WRITTEN BY GLORIA DONNELLY, USCRI VOLUNTEER 

Only two percent of citizens are native to the land the U.S. encompasses, so most U.S. citizens have roots in other nations. Considering our history, there is nothing more American than an immigrant. Ensuring that every immigrant has access to housing, food, medical/mental health services and community support is critical to a successful resettlement journey. Resettling to a new country can be very intimidating and overwhelming. Our role as community members is to welcome members to their new homes and create an environment of trust, dignity, and self-determination. The need is great.

USCRI has partnered with your community to meet the needs of our new neighbors. A posting of immediate donation needs is listed below. Members may drop off urgent needed items in the Church entry any time the Church is open.

  • Receipts for tax purposes will be available to donors at the drop off box. Please complete the receipts and email a photo of the receipt to gloriadonnelly1@gmail.com and keep the hard copy.
  • Information about the work of USCRI or to donate money online is available at refugees.org.
  • Any questions or concerns may be directed to Gloria Donnelly at gloriadonnelly1@gmail.com.

Thank you for your giving spirit.

Below is a list of urgent needs. These items should be new or in excellent condition and must be clean.

  • Q-tips (any size box)
  • Toilet brushes (new only)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Bathroom towels, wash cloths and rugs
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen towels and wash cloths
  • Cutting boards (not wood)
  • Mops (new only)
  • Brooms and dust pans
  • Tall kitchen trash cans
  • Shaving Cream
  • Electric tea kettles
  • Cookie sheets
  • Soccer balls
  • Glass mugs
  • Baby dolls (diversity of hair and skin color)
  • Potholders
  • Small bathroom trash cans
  • Baby diapers (all sizes)
  • Mattress pads for full and twin beds
  • Books that teach the alphabet and early math skills (for example, Scholastic Workbook available through Amazon)