Searching for a Gift for the Refugees

chapsticks
A little thing, this, but a big thing for me.

I WAS STUCK for an idea of what to give the refugees as a gift.

I wanted to give gloves. Most of them walk from the bus stop with bare hands. But our numbers are so high right now that even the least expensive gloves, the ones that do nothing but look cute, became too pricey an idea. I was kicking myself for not thinking about it a year ago. I could have taken advantage of end-of-season sales and castoffs from friends to slowly accumulate a good stockpile.

I prayed for another idea.

I was stuck until one morning when I saw a tube of lip protectant being passed around the class. Ah, Chapstick!  I ended up giving each student a lip balm and a pocket-size pack of tissues. The essentials, one of my daughter’s called it. I had a lot of fun wrapping. This was huge for me. I am not a gifter by nature, so to have a good idea like this is noteworthy.

After this, I put out a call on Facebook for gloves, scarves, hats and earwarmers that people no longer want. The contributions have started rolling in. I foresee a box, kept in my car, going back and forth to class with me these next couple of months. Excess will go to the Donations Office at Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

box-of-gloves

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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One Response to Searching for a Gift for the Refugees

  1. sarahfarish says:

    I love this. And something about the lip balm…I see each gift wrapped as a healing balm in some ways. This journey your on alongside the refugees grows my faith. He’s a full circle, loving God, huh? Much love to you, friend! Merry Christmas!

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