29 Mar Refugees Filled With New Hope Thanks to Home Donations
DONATION: BED BATH & BEYOND
LIVES IMPACTED: 25 FAMILIES
Giving Children Hope is a faith-based partner in Buena Park, CA providing sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities. We do this through the gathering and giving of medical resources, basic needs, and nutritional foods.
We have been receiving donations from Bed Bath & Beyond through Good360 for quite a while now. Due to the consistency of product coming from in them, we were able to invite four of our nonprofit partners into our Donation Center with newly arrived refugee families. There were 25 different families from 7 different countries that were able to come in and select household goods that they were in desperate need of such as bedding, kitchen items and furniture.
These families often cannot afford essential items having been forced to flee their homes due to religious or political threats. By partnering with organizations working to help them settle and adjust to American life, and through the generosity of donors like Bed Bath & Beyond, we are able to assist them on a path to wellness. This will help them as they search for jobs, provide for their children, and restart their lives in America.
One of the refugees, Alex, his wife, and their three kids are new to America. Just eight months ago they arrived in Orange County seeking asylum from the violence in Syria. Every day is a waiting game for their paperwork to go through so Alex can begin working. He is a trained electrician but cannot legally work until their asylum is officially granted. Alex was introduced to Giving Children Hope’s Giving for Living program by one of our amazing nonprofit partners who is helping them during their tough transition to America. Giving Children Hope is honored to provide Alex with hygiene items and other important basic necessities for his children. Without an income for the foreseeable future, items like shampoo, toilet paper, and household goods often must be rationed.
The toughest part of this young family’s story has been the separation from their family and support system. Alex said he hasn’t seen his parents or siblings in five years. “I dream that one day my family can be together again, either in Syria or somewhere else,” Alex shared. Because of the war and the terror that had become part of their daily life, they’ve all had to find safety in whatever countries will accept them. Through the partnerships made possible by Good360 such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Alex and his family are able to live lives filled with hope in their new home.