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Troop 2522 Donates Coats, Shoes, and Toys to Denver Area Refugee Aid Organization

Submitted by Sarah Nelson

Denver Metro

The girls of Troop 2522, a multi-level troop based in Golden, have spent the last month collecting gently used coats, shoes, and toys for the African Community Center. This Denver area non-profit helps resettle refugees from not only Africa, but all regions of the world.

The troop was given a tour of the ACC, and learned how they provide much needed help to asylum seekers on every level, from basic clothing, toiletries, and housewares, to job training, placement, and financial education that enables them to become self sufficient. The girls also dropped off over a dozen large bags of donations, and have more on the way.

The ACC serves over 550 refugees a year who have fled persecution in their home countries and have received third country resettlement through the UNHCR and the U.S. State Department. Some of them arrive with only the clothes on their backs, so while it was a teeny bit emotional for some of the girls (and, ahem, leaders) to let go of toys that had cherished memories associated with them, they soon realized that their small sacrifices could be a great comfort to those that have had to leave everything behind them.

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