Despite worrisome news about deep cuts in U.S. refugee admissions, families from countries in conflict like Afghanistan continue to arrive in the Washington area each month.  Many are resettled by our partners at Lutheran Social Services.  To provide comfortable apartments for new families, LSS has an immediate need for furnishings in excellent condition:  kitchen/dining tables and chairsdresserscouches, and more. In addition, the organization welcomes new or like-new sheet sets, towels, toiletries, kitchen items, and cleaning supplies, as well as bicycles for adults and children.  To donate any of these items, please send an email to Mira Mendick, LSS’s Community Relations Director, at with pictures attached. Smaller items may be delivered directly to one of LSS’s local offices (in Silver Spring, MD or Fairfax, VA); for furniture and other large items, you will have the option of either dropping off at LSS’s storage unit in Fairfax or scheduling a pickup if you live within a 15 mile radius of the Fairfax office.  For additional information, please contact the temple’s Sukkat Shalom team at