General Federation of Women's Clubs New Hampshire

African Refugee Food boxes with Model UN and other Refugee Support

Narrative Summary
Alvirne High School's Model UN President emailed us to ask whether we could help them organize a food drive for refugees from Africa. We provided a food list, stressing basic staples such as rice, sugar, salt, flour, juice, etc., and avoiding canned goods. We met the students after their drive and they had divided the donations into 12 boxes for the families. GFWC Hudson Women's Club members also donated to the drive and added some other often used basics such as peanut butter and juice and filled in missing items. One member met the group at the high school and brought them to a church which many of the African families attend. We lined up the boxes, and families picked up their boxes and carried them out on their heads! The drive was held later in the year than usual, so the students were somewhat disappointed, but they will try to get rolling a little bit earlier next year. Much other support was provided to refugees during the year, including driving to medical or job appointments, donating diapers, and providing used or new household goods such as large pots, dishes, and serving utensils, clothing (including hats, scarves, gloves, coats and capes, and new baby items), new and used blankets and comforters, and other things needed by these new arrivals to the U.S. When anyone is wondering where to donate used household items, they think of refugees first! We also presented a check to the Model UN Club for $200. We donated $105 to the Nashua Boys and Girls Club for three memberships for newly arrived refugee children. This membership provides transportation from school and then home, safety if parents are working, after-school activities, a meal and snack, homework help, and more English practice than they would get at home.
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