YMCA of El Paso Refugee Project
The YMCA of El Paso, TX is helping with 14,000 displaced refugees from Afghanistan as well as thousands fleeing Central America.
They are collecting all kinds of supplies to help provide basic necessities to those arriving with nothing other than the clothes on their back. We are helping with a select number of items for them as they assist in the resettlement of the thousands of families they are working with.
Their need for items is great and they are collecting many more items then we are helping with. The people are arriving with nothing. Crafting Change would love to help with all of their needs, but we have identified the ways we can help the best as other agencies help with other needs.
what are we crafting?
Quantity Still Needed
1) Adult Size Drawstring Back Packs, OR Tote Bags of Any size
We will be crafting Adult size drawstring backpacks to help those newly displaced carry items they are receiving upon arrival. Any of our patterns for tote bags or the adult size drawstring backpack will work. They need bags for for kids, teens and adults.
Fabric: Please avoid using holiday fabric or religious themed fabric for bags and backpacks.
2) Soap Sacks- Hygiene Items are also needed and they would love to receive some soap sacks to distribute. Please include the tag so folks know what they are, how to use them and have the soap so they are usable right away. Including the soap is not required, but very much appreciated for this location as their donations are sporadic of the hygiene items.
3) Mittens & Gloves - For the cold winter weather of El Paso we would like to provide some warm winter mittens & gloves for all ages. Fingerless gloves are really loved as well! Children to Adults. Fleece or Knit or Crochet gratefully accepted.