We Care Packages
Those we serve at World Relief have undergone much trauma and turmoil in their lives. Some have endured persecution, genocide, war, and exploitation. They are survivors. But here they are again, facing another challenge. The COVID-19 epidemic is impacting all Americans, but for some refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking, the challenges are even greater as they seek to navigate this with limited English, cultural understanding, support networks, and resources, all while working through the traumas of their past.
Sending a We Care Package is not charity. It is an opportunity to brighten someone’s day.
An opportunity to let those hit hardest know that someone is thinking of them.
An opportunity to say “We Care!”
Who can send a We Care Package?
Because we will need to share some personal information about our clients (name and address), only World Relief Volunteers who have completed our background check and onboarding process are able to participate in sending a We Care Package. To learn more about becoming a volunteer with us, click here.
Both volunteers and other concerned community members can partner with us as we continue to respond to the urgent needs of those in vulnerable situations. If you are able, please join us with a special financial gift. Your gift helps us sustain vital services and meet urgent needs amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Go to www.worldrelieftriad.org/give to donate today.
Here's how sending a We Care Package works...
1. Sign up:
Sign up here and World Relief will send you additional information for a family you will be able to bless with a We Care Package.
2. Print Materials:
Print and include the “Note from World Relief” and the “Covid-19 Safety Information” sheets (which can be found at the bottom of this page) in the primary language of the family. If you do not see the specified language for one or more of these documents, please use the English version. Please add both of these sheets to the package.
3. Write a Note:
Write a short note to the family to encourage them and let them know you care. Avoid anything that sounds like pity or charity.
4. Gather Items:
Once you have been assigned a family to send a care package to, you can begin gathering items. You may have some new or like-new items around the house and you can find many of the items at your local grocery store (which is still permitted during a shelter in place order). Consider the age and gender of children as you gather items. Here is a list of items you may consider including in your We Care Package.
Printed hygiene instructions (required)
Printed resource information sheet (required)
A personal note
Antibacterial cleaning supplies
Antibacterial soap, sanitizer, wipes if available
Toilet paper if available
Activity or coloring books
Crayons or colored pencils
Simple family games
Coffee or tea (research what is popular in their home country)
5. Mail or Deliver the Package:
Once you have packed your We Care Package you can address it to the family and deliver it or mail it out! If you decide to mail the package, we encourage you to consider scheduling a package pick up with USPS (https://tools.usps.com/schedule-pickup-steps.htm) or another shipping company in order to limit your exposure.
As an extra precaution, please wipe down the items with an antibacterial wipe or paper towel with antibacterial spray on it. When delivering a package, please remember to maintain social distance and please do not enter the family's home.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that tested how long the Covid-19 virus can remain stable on different kinds of surfaces. They found that it was detectable on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and plastic and steel for up to 72 hours. If you are concerned the package may reach the family in less than 72 hours you can seal it and wait a day or two before shipping.
6. Report Back:
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at email@example.com. We’d love to share how our community is putting love in to action during this time. Feel free to send us any stories, reflections, or pictures of you and your family as you put together your We Care Package!
Also, please log your time, expenses and donations in Track It Forward or by sending us an email with this info. This helps us show the impact of our volunteers and helps us in securing grants and resources for the future.
You see that at times like this, it is especially important to remember those who may be in vulnerable positions. Thank you for sending a message that says, “you are not forgotten.” Thank you for your partnership with us to say as a community, We Care!