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Ferg_e - A Mom On A Mission

We have a tradition at our house. Before we bring new stuff in we have to get old stuff out. That means every year at Christmas we go through everything and select all of the items that are still in good condition that just don't get the love they deserve from us and find a place to donate where someone can use them and love them like we haven't been.

This year my family and some of our friends are donating gently used household items to the center for refugee services.

A refugee is defined as "persons who have fled their countries of nationality as a result of armed conflict, violence, religious and political persecution, human rights violations, and natural disasters, and are seeking protection and immunity." The centers website goes on to say that "For the most part, refugees flee en masse, often by foot, into the nearest neighboring country. In many cases, conditions in the country of origin are slow to improve, and refugees may end up living in makeshift refugee camps for years or even decades."

Imagine having to flee for your life with nothing but what you can carry in your arms. For me, right now, that would be Bradyn, his medicine and the clothes we are wearing. When I think of the logistics, it makes my stomach hurt. What would I do when his meds ran out? What would I say when he asked for his favorite toy? My heart goes out to these brave families that left everything to find safety.

Until I visited the website I wasn't aware that the World Wide Refugee numbers were so large:

  • More than 42 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide
  • There are 15.2 million refugees worldwide
  • In 2008, some 74 percent of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-referred refugees were resettled in the United States
  • The US admitted 75,000 refugees in FY 2009 and expects 80,000 in 2010

And the numbers on the website of families like this in our community are staggering:

  • 800 refugees in 2009;
  • New arrivals in San Antonio each week
  • New arrivals in 2010 could exceed 800-1000

The center needs donations of clothes, household items, toiletries and volunteer time. If you are interested in helping you can find their contact info on their website.

We have great people doing great things in San Antonio! Kudos San Antonio Center for Refugee Services! Thank you for helping our community!

Who am I? My name is Ferg_e and I am a mom on a mission. My mission is to make this world a better place for my son Bradyn to grow up in. In this segment for the San Antonio Current I will blog twice per month about local and national initiatives aimed at making the world a better place for all of us. If you want to see more of me, hop on over to my blog where I write about social causes, epilepsy awareness and our personal journey from chaos to calm in the middle of epilepsy, divorce and life.

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