Last weekend Owen’s List members came through big time for our refugee community during a kitchenware drive! Many of you signed up and left your donations out for us to pick up. Two car loads later, we dropped off donations at their facility in SeaTac to a very enthusiastic response:
“The staff and clients at the SeaTac ReWA offices were thrilled by the sheer quantity and the high quality of kitchenware donations. Not only is the kitchenware immediately useful for cooking and serving meals, but also a lovely message of community support to refugee families. We sincerely thank you for your generosity.”
We saw pots, pans, plates, mugs, spatulas, wooden spoons, utensils, teapots, and many more items that will undoubtedly make home life better for the clients that ReWA serves.
As we shared earlier, cooking at home is an important part of many refugees lives in their new homes. Without basic cooking tools, though, it can be a struggle and that’s why we chose kitchenware for our donation drive.
This drive was also a special one for us because it came to be because of an idea from Owen’s List member, Lisa:
“As an admirer of Owen’s List, I was so pleased when Ryan and Owen chose to do a kitchenware drive on behalf of the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) where I volunteer! ReWA serves refugees who have fled their homes due to persecution, war, or violence, including families from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bhutan, Guatemala, Haiti, and many more.”
Lisa shared with us the great work that ReWA does and we saw it firsthand while volunteering there during an ESL class they held. After talking through some ideas with her and other staff at ReWA, we decided on kitchenware. Fortunately, the members of Owen’s List had much to donate and together made a difference for a great group of people.
Have an idea for a donation drive through an organization you support? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can try to help.