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Afghan Refugee Assistance – Update

Neither Easter nor Ramadan slowed the stream of new Afghan Refugee parents and children. We were ready with provisions for Friday’s 20 families comprising 88 refugees of 42 adults and their 46 children. Met by 15 Volunteers, SCM Founder Rita and Translator Khayam, 32 parents with 14 kids came in the Center to receive lots of hygiene essentials, school supplies, computers, sewing machines and surprise Eid Celebration kits for children.

While we offer loads of clothes, when I think of the collections of “hygiene essentials” and the “Donors” (individual, nonprofit and corporate), it floods me with gratitude. This is kindness pouring out week after week because people really care about the plight and needs of the Refugees.

Our essentials for whole families: diapers; underwear; socks; baby wipes, wash, lotion and shampoo; adult body wash and bar soap; feminine sanitary pads; shampoo and conditioner; brushes and combs; toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss; deodorant; razors; reader glasses; nail clippers; cleaning products – bottles of liquid dish and laundry detergent, and cleanser. Sometimes we even have nail polish, cosmetics or jewelry to make the day a little brighter for the women.

This Hygiene Corner bulges with special extras: handmade quilts for the children, fabric “dolls for hope”; a big assortment of school supplies, color books, and often backpacks. Just past this station is a large toy area that includes stuffed animals and books that entertain children while parents get their “toys” – bicycles and helmets, laptops, or sewing machines, notions and fabric, depending on what Donors have sent us.

Committed Donors are Bicycle Rescue for Youth that serves Maple Valley and Issaquah, Covington Kiwanis Club, Sharing Wheels from Everett, Mel Nason’s Holy Spokes and Harvey’s Bike Shop in Lynnwood. Essentials First often helps us with hygiene products and joined in furnishing Eid Celebrations kits. For desperately needed laptops, Starbucks donated generously. Early learning KidsCentre in Seattle has showered us with school supplies and backpacks.

Equally impressive are places of worship who regularly contact us with help. This giving is matched by individuals who surprise us by quietly bringing needed items and gift cards, so we can replenish to meet the needs of all new arrival Afghan Refugees every week.

We can only say Thank You, Thank You to all who give and volunteer. Don’t forget them. And, don’t forget the needs of the Refugees!

~Pamela Van Swearingen, Coordinator

Rita (2nd from the right), Pamela (3rd from the right), and Emily (2nd from the right, middle row) with our volunteers. A big thank you to all our amazing volunteers who manage the weekly distributions, collect donations, and assist the refugees when they come in. We couldn’t do it without you!
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Update on the clothing/supply center

Despite Spring vacations, 16 Volunteers came to FCUMC to help 21 Refugee families. Our great Interpreter, Mohammad, facilitated the busy day of 26 adults and 10 children at the Clothing & Hygiene Center. Including spouses and little ones at home, we provided essentials for 37 adults and their 62 children. A total of 99 new arrival Afghan Refugees served!

It’s relief to give this support to share hope and friendliness. We now know many harrowing stories of unimaginable escape and long journeys from Afghanistan. All Refugees left numerous family members, their lives, identities and possessions behind while facing complete uncertainty.

Our work persists, thanks to wonderful donations – clothes, shoes, jackets, new socks and underwear, hygiene products, children’s quilts, toys, school supplies and even laptops. Sewing machines and bicycles are low. But more offers to replenish our supply of these special items may arrive in time for next Friday, when the Refugees’ holy observance of Ramadan nears the end on May 1st.


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Record Day at FCUMC Afghan Refugee Clothing & Hygiene Center

Just a quick update on our refugee assistance activities from our volunteer coordinator Pamela:


Just a quick summary of the really busy day yesterday, thanks to 22 Volunteers who stayed part or all of the four hours and pre-post opening. We served 30 Families in all. A total of 77 Refugees came to the Center, 43 adults accompanied by 14 children. Including all the spouses and children who had to stay at home, these families comprise 118 Refugees whose day and necessities we improved!

Our added bicycles, computers and sewing machines with sewing notions and fabric are so helpful for the Refugees. I just hope we continue getting these donations to offer with our core essentials. We gave out 21 bikes with new helmets for Adults and Kids, 10 laptops, and four sewing machines.

Go Team Go! Thank you, Pamela

If you have a sewing machine, sewing supplies, or bicycles you want to donate, please reach out to us so we can coordinate a drop off. Thank you for your continued support!


April 16, 2018: Mosque gathers donations for Syrian refugees after airstrikes

Local Syrian Americans and community activists are watching the latest developments in Syria closely after the U.S. and allies launched missile strikes on Syrian targets associated with the country’s chemical weapons program on Friday.

On Saturday, Rita Zawaideh and members of the Muslim Community Resource Center collected donated clothes and items as part of a special donation drive at Maps Mosque in Redmond.


Volunteers treat Jordan’s Syrian refugees

A medical-humanitarian team struggles to provide care to Jordan’s widespread Syrian refugee communities.


Awards & Accolades

Rita Zawaideh Honored by Seattle’s MOHAI

Recently Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry held their annual History Makers Gala to raise money for the museum. As part of the event, they also honored Rita Zawaideh with an Everyday Hero Award! While the event raises funds for the museum’s programs, they also take time in the program to celebrate local community members making a difference and this year Rita, along with two other amazing individuals were featured in a video, and received an honorarium for their work.

Congratulations to Rita for this well-deserved recognition of her work with the refugee community! You can see a video MOHAI made about the three recipients here: https://youtu.be/Ox_x7VnTv-8 Rita’s story begins at about the 5:43 mark.