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.

Giving it Away...

Saturday morning, around thirty teenagers and adult chaperons from Alachua (FL) drew a crowd at Robin's Nest Apartments by giving away several hundred articles of clothing, dozens of shoes, and a number of children's books. The youth group from Living Covenant Church spent the day playing games, teaching Bible stories, doing puppet shows, sharing lunch, and building friendships with the refugee kids who live there. Robin's Nest, on the southside of Jacksonville, is home to dozens of Burmese families.