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Assemble kits for newly arrived refugee families

God's work. Our hands. Volunteer opportunity

Refugees

Be part of God’s work, partner with LSS, and serve your neighbor in the spirit of Christ’s love!

LSS Refugee Services offers hope and a helping hand to refugees as they start anew in Minnesota.

By assembling and donating kits for refugee children, you can make a challenging transition smoother for families who have lived through extremely difficult circumstances. When a refugee receives a kit, it not only helps their budget, it also shows them that someone in their new community cares about them.

What to do:

Help LSS welcome refugee families by assembling kits for their children. We are seeking 15 of each type. For all kits, please place items in either reusable grocery type bags or in plastic Tupperware type containers.

Step 1: Let us know you will participate >

Step 2: Choose a project. Note: After School and Baby/Infant Kits are now filled. Please choose a Car safety item or a Senior Nutrition or Youth Services project.*

Car safety items – 6 needed of each

Filled - Baby/Infant Kits (for newborns to 3-year-olds) – these are suggested items but similar items are welcome. 

  • Sippy cup
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby soap
  • Baby toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Baby comb/brush
  • Baby lotion
  • Vaseline
  • Baby powder
  • Baby oil

Filled - After School Fun Kits (for children ages 6-12) – these are suggested items but similar items are welcome.

  • Small soft balls (soccer, volleyball)
  • Picture books or easy reader books
  • Stuffed animals
  • Blocks
  • Art sets
  • Dolls

* Please do not provide crafts, toys or other items that require extensive reading and assembly.

Step 3: Call to coordinate delivery of your donation

Please deliver all donations to the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis at 2400 Park Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404. Contact Leah Baker, Refugee Services Program Manager, at leah.baker@lssmn.org or 612.879.5231 to schedule a delivery ahead time so staff can greet you.

Project grants

To help support your group’s efforts, you may consider applying for a Thrivent Action Team grant. Recipients receive $250 to make their service project happen.  Learn more >

Additional project resources

Bulletin Insert >

Litany for Ministry with Uprooted people >

Litany for Refugees Separated from Family >

Litany for Asylum Seekers >

Worship Guide and Bible Study >

Questions

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Leah Baker, Refugee Services Program Manager, at  leah.baker@lssmn.org or 612.879.5231.

About Refugee Services

LSS Refugee Services helps individuals and families rebuild their lives after years of fleeing from persecution and waiting in refugee camps. During the first 90 days after a refugee arrives in the United States, LSS Refugee Services offers services to help them adapt to their new home. We support individuals and families to find housing and resources, set up health insurance, enroll in English as a Second Language courses.

What is the difference between a refugee and an asylee?

A refugee is any person, living outside of his or her home country, who is unable to return to his or her home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

An asylee is an individual who traveled to the United States, applied for and was granted asylum status by US Immigration, thereby acknowledging that he or she met the definition of a refugee and allowing him or her to remain legally in the United States.

Learn more about Refugee Services >