As we reflect upon the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are confronted with a new challenge directly related to the string of events those aircraft hijackings unleashed. Today, as the U.S. seeks to resettle Afghan refugees who fled Taliban rule, we have an opportunity to help people in urgent need.
Afghan Refugees Need Clothing – A Very Worthy Cause
My fellow travel writer Ariana Arghandewal is from Afganstian. On Instagram, she shares:
I’m at Fort Pickett in Virginia, working as a translator for newly arrived refugees. These people have been here for two weeks with just the clothes on their backs. There are pregnant mothers carrying children around bc they have no shoes. There hasn’t been distribution of clothing or shoes – just hygiene kits. They desperately need everything. Hair brushes are always flying off the shelves and virtually everyone I meet is sunburned but there’s no sunscreen.
You can help in two ways: 1. Use Amazon Smile to order supplies. 2. Send me cash via Venmo and I’ll do a Walmart run for essentials (I’ll post receipts afterwards). This ensures things get distributed ASAP. My Venmo handle is @pointchaser
If you watch her Instagram story, you can see that this is the real deal. There are no middlemen, no fluff, and no “overhead” expenses. 100% of everything you donate will go to Afghan refugees who have literally nothing but the clothes on their back.
It’s a reminder that even as we remember tragedy, death, and loss, we (Americans) are greatly blessed to live in a nation of abundance. When was the last time you wore the same outfit for two weeks or had no shoes to walk on?
Therefore, I urge you to join me in supporting this worthy cause. This is patriotism – we show our love to our country, by caring for our neighbors in need. Today, our new neighbors from Afghanistan need help.
image: United Airlines