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Dear Editor,

Many of us have wondered how to help the refugees fleeing Afghanistan. Not only have they survived an incredible trauma, but now they must resettle in a strange land. Here is a way to help.

Lutheran Family Services in Colorado Springs has a robust Refugee and Asylee Program.  Asylees are people already in the United States who receive protected status and are unable to return home for the same reasons that refugees are unable to return home.  Lutheran Family Services helps to furnish apartments with basic necessities. At the present time they have a very low inventory and are in urgent need of the following “gently used” items:

  • Mattresses, boxes, frames
  • Dressers
  • Kitchen chairs
  • Large pots and pans
  • Bakeware
  • Mixing/Serving Bowls
  • Sheets – especially twins
  • Laundry detergent
  • Trash bags
  • Shampoo
  • Trash cans

The First Presbyterian Church in Salida at 7 Poncha Blvd. is accepting these items during their office hours of Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please help if you can. Contact Marilyn Bouldin at 719-239-1031 for more information.

Thank you for your support,

Marilyn Bouldin