Gift Cards for Unaccompanied Minors
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an immigration legal services agency that serves migrants that enter the U.S. as unaccompanied minors, is seeking gift cards. The KIND Seattle office is partnering with the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) in the creation and facilitation of community-building activities for their clients, many of whom have few social supports. The goal is to create support groups for unaccompanied minors and foster a sense of community. KIND began hosting events in April, and hopes to distribute gift cards at future sessions. Many of the teens and young adults who entered the U.S. as unaccompanied minors live alone and support themselves. A few even support younger siblings. Being able to provide gift cards helps alleviate some of their financial stress.
UUC’s Immigrant Justice Team hopes you’ll join this effort. Congregation Beth Shalom is coordinating this initiative, and has invited UUC and 6 other congregations in the U-District to join them. KIND is seeking $40 gift cards to either Safeway or Ross.
Two Ways You Can Help:
- Buy one or more $40 gift cards to Safeway or Ross. Bring them to UUC on Sunday, June 9 or June 16th and give them to Pam. She’ll deliver them to Congregation Beth Shalom. Please contact Pam so she connect with you on either date.
- Donate by check and someone will buy your gift cards. Make a check payable to CBS for $40, $80, $120… any denominations of $40. Please note “KIND gift card” on the memo line, and contact Pam to arrange a hand-off of your check on June 9 or June 16.
If you live close to Congregation Beth Shalom (just across the street from UUC at 6800 35th Avenue NE), you are welcome to drop off your gift cards at the CBS office. Contact Pam and she can help you coordinate this, too.