Diaper Drive for Refugees in Utah
Diaper Drive for Local Refugees
For the month of December, Dalton Consulting and my family are participating in a Diaper Drive for refugees in Utah. There are over 70,000 refugees living in Utah.
Over the last two years, I’ve become good friends with a refugee. She has lived here for 8 years. It has been so wonderful to get to know her and her family.
With the recent refugees in the news, so many of us have wanted to help, but just haven’t known how. The best article I’ve read on the topic is “40 Ways to Help Refugees in Your Community“. The list is included below, but the points in the article that have stayed with me over the past weeks is to “be a sincere friend”. It can be so overwhelming to see the needs in the world. But you an make a difference. You can help in your local communities.
After researching our local community, we found that there is a great need for diapers, wipes and donations. 100% of the LDS church’s humanitarian fund goes to helping those in need. Another organization we’ve partnered with is Carry The Future that are helping to give used baby carriers to Syrian refugees.
We strongly believe in giving back to our community. If you’re in Salt Lake and would like to donate, please let us know 🙂
- 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.
- Teach a new skill.
- Learn a new skill.
- Make introductions.
- Ask questions.
- Exchange ideas and experiences.
- Highlight strengths in other cultures.
- Speak to your town council about needed services.
- Forgive offenses or misunderstandings and try again.
- Shop at locally owned businesses.
- Welcome new people to the neighborhood.
- Volunteer to teach a language.
- Defend others from bigotry.
- Learn kids’ names.
- Learn a sport.
- Teach a sport.
- Offer employment to someone unexpected.
- Visit people who are ill.
- Teach each other songs and jokes.
- Extend an invitation to a cultural event.
- Offer to babysit.
- Give a ride.
- Practice interviewing for a job.
- Donate household goods.
- Help children study.
- Act as a grandma or grandpa to someone whose family is far away.
- Volunteer with a local organization whose work you admire.
- Be a mentor.
- Find local solutions rather than relying on bureaucratic programs or funds.
- Recognize that time and relationships are more valuable than things.
- Don’t hesitate to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
This list is just a start as you consider ways you can connect with your neighbors who might be feeling lonely or out of place. Be creative, and use your own personal interests and talents to touch others in meaningful ways. Although your initial interactions may be uncomfortable, they can lead to positive and even life-changing relationships.
To learn more about ways to serve in your own community and abroad, visitjustserve.org