As migrants arrived on buses from Texas and Arizona, many came wearing tattered or worn-out shoes. The folks welcoming them let the EDOW Refugee Response Team know of the need–and when word went out, shoes piled in from across the Diocese with parishes from far and wide responding with overwhelming abundance. From St. Andrew’s in southern Maryland, to St. Thomas, St. John’s Broad Creek, and St. Barnabas in Prince George’s County, to St. John’s Olney, Norwood, Good Shepherd, Grace Episcopal, and Redeemer in Montgomery County, and other parishes in the District who graciously dropped off shoes, the call was answered!
As we enter colder weather season, we need more locations for dropping off and sorting shoes, clothes, and other supplies. Parishes in the District are stepping up and we expect to be hosting more sites where we can clothe and support those arriving in our area. The immediate need is for gently used or new shoes for children and men (size 9 or smaller), coats for all, and backpacks.
For information on where to drop them–or if your parish would like to become a drop off location–please contact the Refugee Response Team.
Each week a list is shared from the RRT about what is needed in our area. The RRT also shares information on what is happening and how to support all migrants across our region.
Thank you to everyone who has given so generously. The need remains and we’re grateful for continuing support.