SAPSA Service Projects

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The International Institute of MN is working to resettle more than 600 refugees to the Twin Cities this year, including at least 250 people who evacuated Afghanistan in early September. Over 200 have arrived in the past couple months. They need St. Anthony Park Elementary School’s help to provide toiletries to donate to families when they arrive. Your donations will go directly to welcome new families to Minnesota!

 

Please drop off donations in the collection box in the SAP school entry through April 1.

 

Full Size Toiletries Needed:

☐ Package of toilet paper

☐ Shampoo

☐ Conditioner

☐ Liquid hand soap (in pump dispenser)

☐ Bar soap for bathing

☐ Deodorant

☐ Razors and shaving cream for men

☐ Toothbrushes

☐ Toothpaste

*travel size toiletries are not preferred

 

Here are a few resources to talk to your kids about the refugee crisis:

• Go to www.booktrust.org/uk and search "refugee" for excellent book lists for youth of all ages

• Go to the UN Refugee Agency: www.unhcr.org/en-us/teaching-about-refugees.html

• Go to www.kids.nationalgeographic.com and search "afghanistan"

The International Institute of MN, located just east of St. Anthony Park at 1694 Como Ave, has resettled more than 25,000 refugees to MN since the U.S. refugee resettlement program began in 1974. Questions? Reach out to larabollweg@yahoo.com or carabmelvin@gmail.com