In light of recent world events that have highlighted the great need facing refugees worldwide, Mormon Channel has compiled a list of forty ways you can help refugees in your community.
Mormon Channel writes:
“We hear amazing stories about people going abroad to alleviate some of these needs, but sometimes we forget how much we can do in our own communities. There are 50 million refugees worldwide, but they don’t just live in refugee camps; many are relocated to other countries where they can have a fresh start. They live in places you might not expect. For example, there are nearly 70,000 refugees in Salt Lake City, Utah, and around 9,000 in Boise, Idaho. And this number is constantly growing as many new people move in each year, such as the 2,000–3,000 people that San Diego welcomes yearly.
These individuals have undergone tremendous difficulties and are starting over in a new country and culture. While there are organizations that help them with a place to live and basic necessities, what they need is a friend and ally who can help them acclimate to their new home, a person who can help them learn the language, understand the systems, and feel connected.”
The list was compiled by Sharon Eubank, the director of LDS Charities, which acts as the humanitarian arm of the Church. Here are the first ten. Read the rest here.
- Be a sincere friend.
- Reach out to people on the periphery.
- Take a stand against intolerance.
- Promote compassion and understanding.
- Make a visit.
- Get to know firsthand what is really needed; don’t assume.
- Learn about the food, holidays, and traditions of others.
- Share a meal.
- Celebrate a holiday together.
- Invite someone to join your family night.