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Falls Church Catholics help incoming Afghans

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Hundreds of Afghans fleeing Taliban rule in their native country were brought to Northern Virginia after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in recent days. To help the evacuees, the Social Outreach Committee of St. James Church in Falls Church held an emergency toiletry drive Aug 21.

 

With only hours’ notice, parishioners brought toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer and other items to the parish parking lot to be sorted. After volunteers collected a steady stream of donations for three hours, diocesan Catholic Charities Mobile Response Center transported and delivered the goods to the newcomers staying at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

 

Cathy Hassinger, director of community services for Catholic Charities, let the St. James volunteers know that the drive was a success. “Your donation drive was perfect! They badly needed — and we unloaded — underwear, deodorant, feminine products, toys. Perfect!”

 

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