Community Service Event to Help Refugees

On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., members of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be sewing cotton pillowcases, tying fleece blankets, creating “Welcome to America” signs and assembling kits with items needed to function in a new home. All the women of the community are welcome to help with the community service event to help refugees at 4550 Raymond Ave. in La Crescenta.

Ladies, bring your teenage daughters. The project will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with a very short tribute to Mother Teresa and a reference to Matthew 25: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Then work will begin with an estimated completion time of noon.

An Amazon Custom Gift Registry has been set up for anyone who wishes to purchase items for the household kits


Most importantly, just come and help!

The church’s refugee effort is titled “I Was A Stranger.” Different agencies, such as International Rescue Committee (IRC-LA), Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS), International Institute of LA (IILA) and Uplift Charity, contact the church’s representative Jean Arnott and ask for help finding housing and moving refugees in. Arnott then contacts church representatives LuAnn White and David Gill, who mobilize the necessary manpower and get the furniture and supplies into the apartment. This is usually done with two-three days notice.

The organization has helped 10 families move in so far and more are expected. The projects completed on Oct. 22 will be sent to Jean Arnott to be used throughout Southern California. 

Call Marilyn Bayles for any questions: (818) 692-0809.