STAMP OUT DESPAIR | Friday November 9 | 6:30–8:30 pm | Fellowship Hall Come assemble kits with writing materials (including Christmas cards) for asylum seekers housed in the Essex County jail. Church members, family, neighbors and friends are welcome! Kids old enough to help are encouraged to attend! (but no child care will be provided for younger ones) Pizza and drinks will be served. Please sign up so we know how much pizza to order!
Sign up online by clicking Stamp Out Despair (kits for refugees).
- Other ways to help – We need pack/boxes of new Christmas cards for the kits. We also need note cards/note paper to write encouraging notes to the refugees. Please bring to church by November 4, even if you plan on attending the event on Nov 9.
- To donate funds….to purchase toiletries and other essentials for detainees, please click on Wyoming Church’s giving page HERE. Or, in church, write “refugee” on pew envelopes or check memo line.
- Some background information… Not ten miles from the Statue of Liberty, there are hundreds of refugees, asylum seekers, survivors of torture, and victims of human trafficking and violent crimes held in detention in converted warehouses and county jails for months and even years while their immigration cases are processed. They have no access to the outside and they are not permitted to have possessions or even their own clothes. Many come with little or no money yet everything they need – from toiletries, to books and stamps – must be purchased from the commissary where prices are high. Many fall into despair with little to do each day. One of their only pleasures is corresponding with family and friends but they often can’t afford the materials like paper and stamps. Help us provide them materials they need to correspond with their loved ones.