Asylum-Seeking Family BackPack Project
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St. John's Sanctuary Huddle is joining with other immigrant/refugee groups in the city to support the work of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC has asked us to provide travel bags and comfort items for asylum-seeking families who must take long bus journeys from the border to destinations across the U.S., where they will join relatives or friends. Our goal is to fill travel bags for at least 3 families with the items that the IRC has requested.

We estimate the cost of a travel bag and contents is ~$200. If you help by making a financial donation, you can do that by writing a check, large or small, to St. John's Presbyterian, with "Sanctuary Huddle" in the memo line, or you can donate items on the list and put them in the box provided in the foyer from now until mid-September. If you plan to buy or bring items, please put your name in the space available below so that we can try to get three packs completed. New items are preferred, but slightly used would be okay for some items.

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Check out this short video about the problems assylum-seeking families face once admitted to the US.The Bus Stop Project
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Backpack 1Backpack 2Backpack 3
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Travel blanket
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Cash or cash card—would be nice to have a $50 Visa or $50 in cash in an envelope, perhaps with a greeting card wishing them peace and safety on their journeyDavid LambJackie AutryDoreen Ewert
We had about $780 come in. After $150 being used for cash in the backpacks plus $77.29 used to buy the backpacks, we have $552 left over. UPDATE: I've bought another bag plus unpurchasd items below.
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Two inflatable travel pillows4 pillows
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Reusable water bottleUlrich familyUlrich familyUlrich family4 water bottles
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Children’s travel games and stuff to do – coloring books, some play figurines (little animals, puzzles, etThompson FamilyThompson familyThompson family3 kits
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Small flashlightAlan EngUlrich familyUlrich family
7 flashlights plus batteries
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Deck of playing cardsThompson FamilyAppleby FamilyAppleby Family
5 deck of playing cards
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Extra tote bags (foldable woven fabric), a few trash/garbage bags, and a few gallon and smaller ziplock baggies – help so much in transition and travelEvelyn & MarkDoreen EwertUlrich family
4 sets of ziploc/plastic bags + 9 cloth totes
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First aid kit – several bandaids, alcohol pads, Neosporin tube, safety pins, hair elastics, chapstick, trial size baby powder, vaselineMitchell PeckThompson familyThompson family4 first aid kits
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Disposable wet wipes – or diaper wipes so can serve double duty for cleaningAppleby FamilyAppleby FamilyAppleby Family5 cans
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Small soft towel (like a hand towel) – good for “sink showers” or cleaning up a bigger mess or using as a changing pad, etc Doreen EwertDoreen EwertDoreen Ewert4 towels
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Nutrition bars (ie. Cliff), about 6-8 per bagJackie AutryJackie AutryJackie Autry
Enough for 6 per bag
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Lollypops!Appleby FamilyAppleby FamilyAppleby Family3 bags
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Backpack
Suggestions
1) Nylon Travel Tote Cross-body Carry On Bag with shoulder strap

https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/D4212767-38B8-4C08-9450-ACB3C812EF24?ingress=0&visitId=acd669a1-5deb-4686-acf6-d233321ce875&ref_=bl_dp_s_web_14127488011

2) Veegul Wide Open Multipurpose Travel Backpack Lightweight Casual Daypack 18L

https://www.amazon.com/Veegul-Multipurpose-School-Backpack-Lightweight/dp/B07C52NJNT?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_10170233011

3) RLANDTO Casual Travel Backpack, Diaper Bag Laptop Daypack School Backpack for Women & Girls, with Wide Doctor Style Top Opening

https://www.amazon.com/R-LANDTO/b/ref=bl_dp_s_web_17805656011?ie=UTF8&node=17805656011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=R+LANDTO

Sandra Dratler - St. JamesSt. John's donationsSt. John 's donations
We have one more completed travel bag with all the stuff already in it.
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