How you can help the refugee crisis

I haven’t had a thought take hold of me so strongly in a while.

In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt this compelled to do something.

My church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has recently encouraged its members to aid in the worldwide refugee crisis. You may have heard of the #iwasastranger initiative that encourages women and families in and out of the Mormon faith to lend a hand of aid to our brothers and sisters in need.

I felt helplessly compassionate toward the millions of displaced families that are endeavoring to find safety and refuge in the most dire of ways. But what could I do?

So instead of doing anything, I found myself feeling sad as I scrolled past photos of shivering children crammed too tightly into large boats. Their eyes pleaded for help I didn’t know how to give.

Finally, something inside of me switched when I was sitting in the General Women’s session of the LDS General Conference.

Some familiar words have kept coming back to mind as I’ve tried to change my paradigm from helpless to helping.

“I’m not my brother’s keeper, but I am my brother’s brother.”

These people are my brothers and sisters and I have made a covenant with God to mourn with them, comfort them, serve them.

Now to do it from some umpteen thousand miles away.

I just have to start. We all do. We are called to lift the hands that hang down in whatever capacity we may be able to.

This refugee crisis is a pressing one with more than 60 million refugees displaced from their homes worldwide.

Eric and I have started a group in Rexburg called Rexburg for Refugees. Our goal is to help others know how they can help and assist them in their efforts to do so.

Each week, Eric and I will pick up in-kind donations needed from the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City. We will gather, sort and transport the donations to the IRC in Salt Lake. We are so passionate about finding ways to help and hope you will share in our desire to serve.

If you’d like to get involved, email us at or text us.

Eric – 480-570-0503 or Emmilie – 707-672-3899

Here is a link to a list of donation items the IRC is in need of.

Please share our Rexburg for Refugee page of our blog and this Facebook page.

Be sure to check back on the Wit Logs for regular updates about donation events and drives in Rexburg and updated lists for what to donate.

Thank you for your service and support. We love you!

“For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; Naked, and ye clothed me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” – Matthew 25:35-36

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