Hello! If you’re reading this it’s because you’re interested in helping the refugees here in Germany! Thank you! I’m so excited you’re here!
First, I want to tell you a little bit about why I’m putting this together. Earlier this year my heart broke as I watched on the news the stories of people fleeing from war in countries like Iraq and Syria. I put a call out to my local community and to everyone I knew back in the USA to send me donations to bring to these refugees now living in Germany. I was received countless boxes and bags of donations… packed my car up and delivered the donations to a shelter in Weiden.
That experience was life changing. (You can read all about that experience here.) I not only was able to donate the items I collected, but I met some amazing men with unbelievable stories. The connections I made with them have allowed me to continue to sharing my time, my resources and my love with them.
And now, one month before I PCS after 5 years living in Germany, I am organizing with my good friend, Lizzie Shepherd the Caravan of Compassion.
What is the Caravan of Compassion?
This is a question I know you’re asking! The Caravan of Compassion is my effort to bring the USAG Bavaria community together to show love, compassion, kindness, and humanity to the refugees living here in Germany. Instead of one person collecting donations and dropping it off at a shelter… I want our entire community to caravan together to Schwabach, Germany (close to Nuremberg) and deliver our donations in person. I have coordinated with 2 shelters in Schwabach for our community to visit & bring donations. Caravans and motorhomes are so versatile and are great for projects like this. As I wanted this project to succeed, I knew that if I wanted to take this further and help as many people as I could, I knew that I had to get insurance for the vehicle. For anyone with a caravan, insuring your static is important, as this can help protect you in case of any accidents or emergencies. This is definitely something worth checking out. If you’re thinking of doing something similar, submit an application for finance.
Not only will we be bringing our gently used & new donation items, but we will have an opportunity to tour the facility, learn about the process the refugees are going through to get here & stay here. We will also sort through the items we bring, hand them out to people in need and store the remaining in the storage rooms at the shelter.
Finally, we’ll have a chance to talk to some of the refugees living there. This is where the baked goods come in. It would be great if everyone could bake some cookies, cupcakes, brownies or krispy treats to share with the people there. Food always breaks the ice and I know they will love some home-baked-goods. Single serving items would be best so no plates or silverware are needed. Eating, talking, sharing stories and building bridges between worlds.
Love. Compassion. Humanity.
When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 1100-1600
Where: Meet at the back parking lot of the Grafenwoehr Commissary at 1100. We’ll leave at 1130 to caravan to the shelter in Schwabach, Germany. I’ll have the exact address at a later date. It takes about 75 minutes to get to Schwabach.
What to bring:
BAKED GOODS!!!! (Cookies, cupcakes, donuts, brownies, krispy treats, etc)
Razors & shave cream
Gender specific toiletries
Boots and athletic shoes
Warm jackets, hats, and gloves
Blankets, pillows and bedding
Laundry soap & dryer sheets
Towels – bath, kitchen, & cleaning
Cleaning supplies for kitchen, home & bathroom
Brooms, mops & buckets
Paper towels & tissues
Pots & pans
Silverware, plates, cups, bowls
Diapers & wipes
Toys and games for children
School supplies, paper, pens, etc
Used but in still good condition cell phones & laptops
The Fine Print
This event is not sponsored by anyone with the US Army or USAREUR or USAG Bavaria. It is being organized by myself, Betsy Eves, and Lizzie Shepherd.
This event is intended for US ID card holders & their families.
Lizzie & I will NOT be collecting donations. If you want to donate, but can’t come on this day, try arranging with someone who is going to drop your donations with. Since I’m PCSing in a few weeks, I just can’t add collecting donations to my plate.
There is no immediate threat of danger at these shelters, but it’s always a good idea to use caution and be vigilant with your personal safety.
This is a family-friend event. So please, bring your children and education them ahead of time on what we’re doing and why it’s important.
I will be photographing this event, so if you do not want your picture taken, please let me know the day of.
Please feel free to share this flyer with everyone in the USAG Bavaria community and direct them to this page for details!
If you have any questions about this… please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll answer it!