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A hand-knit sweater and hand-knit baby blanket are pictured above. As in past years, knitters of our congregation made a large number of each. With Church World Service no longer “doing” baby kits,” 25 baby blankets and 25 baby sweaters (many with intricate patterns) were donated to the US Committee for Refugees. The women also donated “one-zies,” and receiving blankets they had sewn. Staff at the reception center in Albany were effusively grateful.
Earlier this year, jackets, hats, mittens and boots as well as large pots and pans were donated by 2CC members for refugees being settled in Albany. Large pots and pans for stove-top cooking are especially needed for families with many children. Palm Sunday we will again gratefully receive donations of kitchen and eating utensils to be delivered to the reception center in Albany. There, kitchen utensils, along with pots and pans, plates, bowls and “silverware,” are sorted and stored along with outerwear. Before refugees move in, apartments are rented and outfitted appropriately for a specific family.