This year for the Christmas season, World Relief Seattle is inviting you to participate in a giving campaign at the beginning of December. Each day between the 1st and the 12th, we will be collecting a different item that will be given directly to new refugee families. These items range from Soccer Balls to Laptops and they will go a long way in making Seattle feel not just like another place families have fled to, but that this is now home and they are loved and welcomed by the local community here.
Soccer Balls and Coloring Books: Each year for our Refugee Christmas Party, World Relief Seattle gives away around 150 soccer balls to refugee youth who have arrived to Seattle in the last year. We will also be giving coloring books and coloring supplies as well.
Twin Sheet and Comforter Set: As the weather gets colder, we are asking for twin bedding. Twin mattresses, box springs, bed frames, blankets and sheets are one of our largest needs each year.
Rice Cookers: Rice is the staple food for more than 1.6 Billion people around the world particularly in Asia, Latin America, parts of Africa and the Middle East where many of our refugee friends are arriving from. A high quality rice cooker can free parents up to spend more time with their children rather than spending time over a stove.
Cookware Set: A new set of pots and pans will welcome families into their new kitchen as they prepare meals that are nourishing and familiar.
Diapers…Size 3 and 4: A new baby brings joy and happiness to a family and a lot of new expenses too. When we sit down with families and go over monthly budgets, diapers always pop up as a huge expense that parents worry how to afford.
Bed Frames: We admit it. There is nothing very exciting about twin bed frames. But these are some of the hardest things for us to find in large quantities at an affordable price for families.
Baby Strollers: Kids grow quickly and just like with the diapers, we have two different sizes of baby strollers on the registry. With most of the items on the list we also take the gently used version and if you have an old stroller that you would like to donate to a family please contact our donations team at seattleGIK@wr.org or call (253) 277-1121 x233.
Microwaves: The apartments that families first move into have most modern amenities like a refrigerator, an oven and a stove, but they don’t come with microwaves. A microwave isn’t a necessity, but it sure helps when you want to heat up some injera for an after school snack.
Vacuums: Keeping a home clean is a large part in making a new apartment feel safe and warm. A vacuum is an essential piece of equipment and common ask for our donations team to find for new families.
Infant and Child Car Seats: Car seats are a necessary part of modern life and the transportation of newborns and young children. They are also to put it mildly, very expensive. Like diapers, strollers and clothing kids also grow out of them very quickly, which is whey we have added a few different sizes to our wish list.
Pack and Play: A pack and play helps new parents watch over their young children in a safe space. We know of several refugee mothers who are expecting in the coming weeks and months. Please purchase this item with the matching mattress and sheet sold separately.
Laptops: A computer goes a long way in helping someone become self-sufficient here in the U.S. Kids can use it to do homework. Parents can use it to look for employment. The whole family can use it to communicate with relatives back in their home country.