As Afghan refugees prepare to start new lives in North Texas, local nonprofits and community members want to make sure the furniture in their homes is not a burden.
Donations have been made to Ma’ruf Dallas for refugees who are expected to arrive with special immigrant visas.
Fuad Dadabhoy, the organization’s executive director, said they are preparing to help 200 to 300 families, though that number could change.
“They still have a family in Afghanistan. They’re worried, they’re downright terrified, ”Dadabhoy said.
He said Ma’ruf Dallas has been working with SIV of Afghanistan for the past ten years.
Chris Greer helped organize an independent trip Sunday on behalf of Catholic Charities for a U.S. Army interpreter, his wife and five children.
“I think it had to be done because there was a family who said it was coming as early as Monday, and we really took it as a signal,” Greer said.
Greer said donors marked all items on the list for the family.
“It’s more than just giving them the physical things they need,” Greer said. “It’s about letting them know that we’re not only making a place for them physically here in Dallas, but we’re also making them in our hearts,” Greer said.
Ma’ruf Dallas plans to continue its delivery of donations in the foreseeable future and will collect items at its office at 9319 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy., Suite 110, Dallas, 75243. The organization said it also needs volunteers.
Visit the Dallas Catholic Charities website for more information on how to donate. Potential donors can also contact the organization directly to specify that a donation is for refugee families or write it on the donation form.