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With the prime time of the year for online shopping in full swing, imagine getting 200 boxes on your doorstep every hour.
That’s what was happening to an organization in Northern Virginia as they gathered supplies for Afghan refugees. And JustServe specialists and volunteers stepped up to help in a big way.
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area has an operational infrastructure that was set up to serve 500 refugees or displaced people each year. Yet they served around 800 this fall.
And they saw a record 5,300 interest forms from people interested in helping their new neighbors. The highest number of volunteers they received in recent years was 350.
As the in-kind donations began arriving in record numbers, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area needed more help.
“We called JustServe, an organization which mobilizes professional volunteers, who came to the rescue, establishing systems for in-kind donation management and storage,” CEO Kristyn Peck wrote online.
“Now, when our clients come to visit, they are able to ‘shop’ our donations — picking out new vacuums, and pots and pans, and strollers, and car seats, and toiletries and other necessary household supplies for their first homes in the United States,” Peck wrote.
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