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Local Church Collects Spice Donations To Help Afghan Refugees Settle in Alexandria

Thousands of Afghan refugees will be settling in the Alexandria area. To help them feel more at home, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has set up a spice drive. (Photo Sky News, courtesy of Amy Barker)

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Alexandria Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a project helping Afghan refugees settling in the area. Begun approximately one week ago, this project has already gained popularity amongst both residents and refugees in the community.

The donation bins are overflowing with spices, snacks, and treats, after a mere one-week. (Photos courtesy of Amy Barker)

“Thousands of Afghan refugees are being resettled in our area,” explains Amy Barker, JustServe Specialist of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. “Some of them are coming with only the clothes they are wearing. One thing that brings a smile to their faces is receiving spices and food that are familiar to them.”

To help those seeking refuge in Alexandria acclimate to their new homes, the Church has set up a spice station at one Lutheran Social Services refugee center.

“It has been wildly popular,” notes Amy, as the shelves, bins, and boxes are already overflowing with donations.

If you are interested in contributing to this project, you can:

  1.  Donate spices through this Amazon Wish List.
  2.  Donate to the spice fund through Venmo at Amy-Barker-32
  3. Buy bagged spices at an Indian, Mediterranean, or Afghan store like this one.
  4. Buy spices, dried apricots, pistachios, walnuts, sliced almonds, dates, or figs at your local store. Drop items off 808 Beverley Drive in Alexandria.
  5.  Ask your friends, neighbors, and co-workers if they would like to help!

Amy concludes, “We are excited to bring a little bit of home to our Afghan neighbors during this chaotic time.”

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