This item was posted by Connie Valk in the First Universalist Newsletter.
Our Harvesting Justice Circle is working, along with First Unitarian’s Immigration Committee, to produce masks for farmworkers in western New York. The organization Refugees Helping Refugees, who have been making masks for those in the healthcare field and selling some to the general public, is now sewing masks for the hundreds of farmworkers who toil in the fields and orchards to place food on our tables.
As of publication, one of our members donated a stash of fabric, two have been busily adding to the refugees’ efforts sewing by using her sewing talents. Bits & Pieces, craft store in Fairport has donated sewing supplies. Another of our members has sent funds to Rural & Migrant Ministry (RMM), the organization that is distributing the masks. Yet another of our members transports the finished masks to an RMM staff person in Geneva, NY, from where the masks are being distributed.
Our Faith in Action Council, along with First Unitarian, and the Society of Friends is donating funding to give the refugees stipends for their efforts.
As you can imagine, this mobilization is the result of scores of emails, texts, and phone calls. We are proud of helping to coordinate the collaborations that met this need. This is truly faith in action.