Rome's Joel Nafuma Refugee Center holds Christmas appeal until 18 December.
The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) at the American Episcopal Church of Rome, St Paul’s Within the Walls, is holding its annual Christmas Gift Bag Appeal between now and 18 December.
The JNRC is appealing for practical Christmas gifts for the refugees in its care, and says the initiative does not cost much, is fun to do, and can involve families, schools and workplaces. The appeal is for basic necessities for those who are less fortunate.
Donors are asked not to buy large or expensive items but to stick to this list:
First aid supplies (plasters, cough sweets), hats, gloves and scarves, shaving cream and body lotion, notebooks, pens, razors, soap and/or body wash (travel size preferable), deodorant, thick wool socks (new), tissues (small packets) toothbrush and toothpaste, underwear—sizes small, medium (new), candy and chocolate bars, playing cards and travel games.
The JNRC says that a large number of small items can help many more people than a few large costly purchases. All items should be new, and not wrapped or decorated. Donations should be taken to St Paul’s Within the Walls on Via Napoli 58, by Monday 18 December.
The presents will be divided evenly among the refugees and handed out at the centre’s special Christmas lunch of rice, meat, curry, bread and fruit for all JNRC guests on 22 December.
Located in the crypt of St Paul’s, the JNRC was founded in 1995 and welcomes more than 200 guests each weekday, from 08.30 to 14.00. For more details see JNRC website.