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‘We Are Going To Help People’: North Texas Interfaith Groups Collect Donations For Afghan Refugees

Afghan refugees walk out of an airport.
Gemunu Amarasinghe
Associated Press
Families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk to board a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va. U.S. religious groups of many faiths are gearing up to assist the thousands of incoming refugees.

Religious groups in North Texas will collect donations Saturday for an estimated 1,000 Afghan refugees settling in Dallas-Fort Worth. 

It’s part of a nationwide effort organized by the Multi-Faith Neighbors Network. Members of mosques, synagogues and churches from across the country are gathering personal hygiene products, toys and monetary donations. The items will later be delivered to Afghan refugees arriving in the U.S.

Bob Roberts Jr. is co-founder of the Multi-Faith Neighbors Network and a pastor at Northwood Church in Keller. He wants Afghan refugees to feel welcome in North Texas.

“We’re just everyday citizens, but what we can do, especially as Christains, we can show a Christ-like love for other people....” Roberts said.

Roberts said North Texans have already responded with an outpouring of supplies for refugees. He said monetary gifts are especially helpful as resettlement continues.

“As Texans, in Dallas-Fort Worth, regardless of political parties or preferences, we are going to help people,” Roberts said.

Donations can be dropped off from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Islamic Association of Fort Worth on Chapman Road.

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Solomon Wilson is KERA's Marjorie Welch Fitts Louis Fellow. He focuses on covering racial equity, women’s rights, socioeconomic disparities and other evolving issues of social justice in our community.