Interfaith Los Alamos Launches Winter Coat Drive

 Interfaith Los Alamos hosts its winter coat drive. Courtesy photo

Interfaith Los Alamos News:

Interfaith Los Alamos has launched its winter coat drive to provide winter coats for refugees recently resettled in Albuquerque.

These refugees come from UN Refugee sites in Tanzania and Indonesia, sometimes after years spent in the camps. Coming from The Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan, these families find even an Albuquerque winter daunting. 

New coats and gift cards to buy coats will be delivered to Lutheran Family Services in Albuquerque, the sole remaining organization in the State of New Mexico authorized to resettle refugees.

Target date for coat collection is Sunday, Nov. 24 in time for Thanksgiving. The itemized list of needs is as follows:

You will see that there is an unusually large number this year – 144 in total. This represents the high number of refugees arriving in Albuquerque during the past year, mostly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan. They are mostly families — men, women and children of ages from infants through high school. They arrived in Albuquerque with very little and are just now settling into a new life of home, work, and school in a strange (to them) environment. A helping hand with winter coats will be most appreciated.

As in the previous year, we are requesting NEW winter coats in unisex colors. (Unisex styles / colors / patterns allow the coats to be handed down to siblings or others.) The request this year is for winter coats only; other winter items such as scarves, hats, gloves, etc. are not needed this year.

Smith’s has been having some coat sales, and the manager has said that anyone purchasing a coat who mentions Interfaith Los Alamos or Coats for Refugees will receive an extra 10 percent discount. Also, if folks who purchase coats will bring the register receipt to their congregation’s financial person, they will usually receive tax exempt credit.

Our wonderful Youth Helping Refugee Youth teens are partnering with several high school clubs and reaching out to the high school student population in an effort to collect hoodies and/or winter jackets for their refugee peers in the Teens category. If a congregation’s youth would like to be involved, have them contact Sarah Crotzer at  sarah.crotzer@studentlaschools.net or YHRY.LosAlamos@gmail.com.

In terms of timing, as in past years, we will try to wrap this up before Thanksgiving — so the last Sunday for collection would be Nov. 24. However, if this time frame doesn’t work for you, donations of winter coats will be gladly accepted at any time.

Interfaith Los Alamos is a grass roots organization with points of contact in many local congregations. If you would like to know who your point of contact is, or whether your congregation has one, or perhaps volunteer to be one, send email to interfaith.losalamos@gmail.com.

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