Refugee Christmas Project 2012

World Relief Refugee Christmas Project 2012 Each year, World Relief Jacksonville's Refugee Christmas Project pairs sponsors with newly arrived refugees to the city of Jacksonville. These refugees arrive in America with little personal belongings, sometimes only a bag of clothes. We want to help spread the Christmas cheer by providing joy to their new season of life.

Sponsors help refugees experience a warm welcome for their first Christmas in America by providing Christmas gifts. Gifts can be new or gently used and may be personally delivered [December 15th between 10am - 2pm] or dropped off at World Relief [December 10th-14th]. We can match you with refugees from Cuba, Colombia, Burma, Bhutan, Eritrea, Iran, IraN

A Tragedy Befell Jacksonville Refugees

On Friday, October 13, a tragedy befell refugees in Jacksonville. Ten refugees returning to Jacksonville from their job on the late shift at Pilgrim’s Pride (a chicken processing plant) west of Jacksonville were involved in a fatal accident. Two Burmese refugees were killed and 8 other refugees (seven Burmese and one Bhutanese) were injured, at least two severely. The deceased, both men, leave behind wives and 9 children between them. The accident was caused by a car driving onto I-10 going the wrong direction and crashing into the refugees' van.

Open House...Open Hearts!

Open House...Open Hearts!

We had over 150 people walk through our doors on Valentine's Day.  Hearts with "LOVE" written in multiple languages decorated the hallways and rooms.  Our staff dressed in their native clothing to represent their home country.  Representatives from local churches, universities, government & non-profit agencies and businesses toured our facilities.   Presentations from our staff and refugees were held at multiple times throughout the day.  Hearing the story of World Relief and testimonies from refugees gripped the hearts of the listeners.  Future volunteers and supporters of World Relief will arise from this year's Open House.