Toba’s idea was simple: give hot meals to Afghan families. “They say the smallest act of kindness can make the biggest difference.”
Toba Adina, an Afghan refugee and World Relief Sacramento volunteer, felt compelled to help Afghan families build relationships with Sacramento neighbors. So, she decided to plan a Welcome Afghans event with the help of local organizations and Afghan businesses.
World Relief Sacramento partnered with River City Christian, Capital Community Athletics, Zainab at Fresh Mediterranean, Ariana Afghan Market, DJ Ahmed, Loomis Basin Charter School, and CalFire to provide free local Afghan meals (halal) and activities for new friends to enjoy together. Teens and adults of all ages and cultures played volleyball and soccer in the park, and a bounce house was set up for youth. CalFire also brought firetrucks and spoke to families about work in their communities.
Here we are today: an example of community, support, teamwork, kindness and passion to serve and help others,” Toba said. The Welcome Afghans event was more than just the hot meals Toba planned – Afghan and Sacramento families began building the foundation for lifelong friendships.
Here are four ways you can help Afghan families arriving to the United States:
Host Homes: Become a temporary host home for newly arrived families waiting to transition to more permanent housing. Apply >>
Economic Empowerment Kits: Give items that will support refugees to be successful in finding employment. Our Amazon wish list >>
Groceries: We’ve created a shopping list with the best options. This list follows religious guidelines to ensure there is culturally appropriate food for newly arrived refugee families. Download the grocery list >>
Giving: America is a place of welcome and that we are a people of welcome. When you give today, you join us in bringing hope, healing and restoration right here in Sacramento. Give >>