BY FARID SHARIFI
Refugee and Asylee Programs
Lutheran Family Services
To Los Alamos Interfaith and Community
I hope this letter finds you all well. My name is Farid Sharifi and I am the programs director for Albuquerque office. With the recent burglary of our storage facility, we were devastated to learn that the perpetrators had taken so many items from our storage unit. The items that were stolen included winter coats, jackets, hats, gloves and bedding amongst other things. The loss of winter clothing was especially hard to bear knowing the winter weather was upon us and so many families that had recently arrived would be left without this vital support. Upon communicating this terrible news to Mr. Don Cobb, I was assured that the Los Alamos Community would hold a community donation drive to replenish the lost items. As always, the Los Alamos community has come through with their generosity and love and just in time to provide for those in need. In the last week, we have received several boxes of donations that Los Alamos Interfaith team members have graciously delivered to our office.
Your support of our programs is greatly appreciated and it enables us to extend that care and love to new comers in the Albuquerque area. The level of generosity and compassion that your group and the Los Alamos Community have shown to the Refugee community is truly heartening and exemplary of the wonderful people you have living in your community.
On behalf of the entire Albuquerque staff, clients and community, I would like to provide a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone for your many donations, kindness and care in the past and during this time of need. We cannot do the work that we do without the support of our community and we are forever grateful for your partnership and service to the Refugee community.