Hyde Park United Methodist joins other local religious organizations to welcome refugees from around the world.

By now, you’ve seen the headlines about our current refugee crisis. As Afghan and Haitian refugees are forced to leave the volatile and unsafe conditions of their home countries and make their way to safety, many groups are working hard to arrange housing assistance, provide food, secure medical support, offer translation services, and equip them with pathways to employment and self-sufficiency.

We are expecting 750 new refugees this year. Since last October, Hillsborough County has had 2,331 new arrivals qualifying for refugee services. The refugees are mostly coming from Afghanistan, Haiti, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria, Ethiopia and Venezuela.

This Thanksgiving let’s make them feel welcome. Hyde Park’s goal is to provide 100 refugee families with each of the following items:

*5 lbs. Jasmine Rice
*1 Gallon Vegetable/Canola Oil
*5 lbs. Dry Beans/Canned Beans
*1 lb. Loose Leaf Green Tea
*5 lbs. Flour
*5 lbs. Lentils
*$20 Walmart gift card for the family.
Please only purchase gift cards from Walmart for $20.

Or, make a donation toward this effort here.

You can also write a short note to a refugee family using these ways to say “Welcome”:

Afghanistan:  Salâm
Haiti:  Akeyi
Cuba:  Bienvenido
Democratic Republic of Congo:  Boyei bolamu
Iraq:  Yaa hėlaa
Syria:  A
hlan wasahlan bik fi suria
Ethiopia:  I
nikwani dehina met’ahi
Venezuela:  Bienvenido                       

Hyde Park joins these organizations in this interfaith Thanksgiving:

*Congregation Beth Am
*Lutheran Services
*Mission Hill Church
*Palma Ceia Presbyterian
*Radiant Hands
*Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists
*Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force
*The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
*The Presbytery of Tampa Bay

For more information, contact The Rev. Sally Campbell-Evans or The Rev. Vicki Walker.

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