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©2021_World-Relief-Sacramento_Airport-Baggage-Clai Afghan refugees arriving at airport. Photo credit World Relief.

With the ongoing unrest in Afghanistan and refugees arriving to the United States, it is important to provide life-changing humanitarian relief to those in need. Gateway Church, in collaboration with World Relief, will be collecting essential items for welcome kits for the Afghan refugees relocating to North Texas. The collections will be held on September 25–26 and October 2–3 at Gateway Church area locations.

In addition to dealing with housing and social resources challenges, refugees will face additional major hurdles. The welcome kits provide the basic household items that the Afghan refugees will need as they begin a new journey in the North Texas community. The items include essentials with six kit opportunities: hygiene, kitchen, household, bedroom, dining, and bathroom. By donating the welcome kits, this frees up World Relief finances to further help integrate Afghan families into the community.

There are two ways the community can get involved. First is a drop-off option, which allows people to purchase items and build their own kits. Then, deliver it to one of Gateway’s campuses in North Texas during weekend services on September 25­–26 or October 2–3. People are also invited to ship their kits to one of the Gateway campuses, marked to the attention of “Welcome Kits for Afghans.” For a list of kits and items per kit, visit gatewaypeople.com. The second option is to give toward a kit, which is a cash donation that goes toward the creation of welcome kits. To give, visit gatewaypeople.com

Since August 1, World Relief had received 409 Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas. Thirty-nine of those were welcomed by the North Texas office, along with seven other refugees resettled during that period. An estimated 90+ Afghans will be coming to the area within the next three to six weeks. These numbers are in addition to the approximately 350 refugees/asylees already anticipated to arrive in North Texas over the next nine months. Serving Afghan arrivals into the United States for more than a decade, starting in the next few weeks, World Relief anticipates receiving a much larger number of Afghans arriving throughout their network—as many as 7,000 or even more just in the coming months. World Relief is one of nine resettlement agencies involved nationwide.

Gateway North Texas Campuses for Welcome Kit Drop-Offs/Shipments on September 25­–26 and October 2–3:

Southlake Campus

700 Blessed Way

Southlake, TX 76092

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am & 11 am

Dallas Campus

12123 Hillcrest Road

Dallas, TX 75230

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am & 11 am

Frisco Campus

7125 Legacy Drive

Frisco, TX 75034

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

Grand Prairie Campus

2404 N Carrier Pkwy

Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

Justin Campus

3300 Championship Pkwy

Fort Worth, TX 76177

Sunday: 10 am

North Fort Worth Campus

4209 Basswood Blvd

Fort Worth, TX 76137

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

North Richland Hills Campus

7501 Davis Blvd

North Richland Hills, TX 76182

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

Prosper Campus

4331 Prosper Trail

Prosper, TX 75078

Sunday: 9 am & 11 am

About Gateway Church
Gateway Church is a multicampus, nondenominational church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex led by Senior Pastor Robert Morris. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 100,000 active attendees with eight local Dallas/Fort Worth campuses, one out-of-state campus, and four prison campuses.

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About World Relief

World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that brings sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems – disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression, and mass displacement. We partner with local churches and community leaders in the U.S. and abroad to bring hope, healing and transformation to the most vulnerable. With offices globally, World Relief has a Dallas presence since 1980.

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