LSS/NCA, in partnership with SWRC (Suburban Washington Resettlement Center), hosted a winter clothing drive at our Silver Spring office for the fourth year in a row. For weeks leading up to the winter season, supporters and organizations from around our community stopped by to donate outgrown clothes, gently used coats, and new mittens and scarves.
Before the temperature started to dip, clients were invited to come and pick up what they needed for their families so that they would be prepared for the winter ahead. Because refugees often come to America with very limited resources, their excitement for the new gifts echoed in our office halls as children played in their new knit caps and mittens.
These families were also treated with a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Not only was this event crucial in preparing our families for the cold climate, but it also provided our staff and community the opportunity to officially welcome these families “home”—continuing the historic Thanksgiving tradition of welcoming immigrants and new friends to America. Almost 300 refugees attended, representing LSS/NCA and SWRC agencies. We would like to thank our generous partners and donors who helped us collect enough winter clothes to ensure that no family went home empty handed.