As you know, the St. Mary's-Sherith Israel Nueva Esperanza Accompaniment Team (NEAT) currently is accompanying two families seeking asylum in the US. Janmohammad Baratzada, his wife Mashal, and daughter fled Afghanistan. Rodnoel José Aranguren Flores fled Venezuela and walked to the US. Both families are living in hosted housing in San Francisco, the Baratzada's with Gerald George and Christine Wardell of St. Mary's.
Here's how you can help immediately in a very simple but direct manner. Each family would benefit from gift cards to Target, Walmart, Safeway, and Walgreens. Would you be willing and able to purchase one or more cards in the range of $20-50 for these families? If so, please send them directly to me, and our team will distribute to the families. Please do not designate a family. We will distribute appropriately.
David Crosson - 225 Lake St. - San Francisco, CA 94118
In addition, as part of St. Mary's Advent giving program, you will be able to drop additional cards in the collection plate every Sunday of Advent.
As we enter the season of advent, it is easy to forget that, at least according to one account, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were forced to flee as migrants from their homeland when the ruling government put a bounty on Jesus' head. In the spirit of the holy refugees, I hope that you can help.
Thank you all so very much.
Once again St. Mary's will be working with ECS to provide gifts for residents. More details will be provided soon.