Two Jacksonville organizations need your help to assist Afghan families seeking refuge


Two faith-based charity groups are working to relocate some of the hundreds of people fleeing Afghanistan.

”What we do-- for this first 90 days-- is we basically set them up to be self-sufficient,” Laura Cook said. She works with Lutheran Social Services (LSS) in Jacksonville.

Cook said they’ve already assisted 22 people in the past two weeks.

” It’s really hard to hear their stories, and see their heartbreak during this time,” Cook told Action News Jax.

“We don’t know how many we’ll see in the next few weeks or months. It’s a very fluid situation.”

Cook said in an effort to help these fleeing families, they are accepting donations. So far, the community has stepped up. The group has received dozens of Amazon boxes filled with apartment supplies.

The Del Webb Ponte Vedra community has been holding drop-off drives, getting items like clothes and carriages. Also, Project Linus recently dropped off 25 handmade blankets.

”We’ve had a really great response from our community,” Cook said. “We’ve actually been overwhelmed with calls and emails, and we’ve been so thankful that the community has responded this way.”

Any monetary donations go towards a variety of services for families.

”We help them with cultural orientation. We show them around the neighborhood,” Cook explained. “We tell them what it’s like to live in the United States, what are the expectations. We help them find an apartment, we help them furnish an apartment as well.”

Catholic Charities is also working to get families furniture. You can purchase through Amazon at this link. The group is expecting at least 150 Afghan parolees.