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Rotary comes to aid of immigrants from Afghanistan, Ukraine

Posted 10/5/22

Buoyed by help from dozens of area residents, the Rome Rotary Club’s most recent Service Project — collecting clothing, particularly winter clothing, and household items.

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Rotary comes to aid of immigrants from Afghanistan, Ukraine

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ROME —Buoyed by help from dozens of area residents, the Rome Rotary Club’s most recent Service Project — collecting clothing, particularly winter clothing, and household items for the expected arrival of immigrants from Afghanistan and Ukraine — was a rousing success, according to club officials.

On Friday, Sept. 30, more than 45 residents brought such items to St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church Parish Center, 1807 Bedford St., where volunteers from The Rome Rotary Club, the St. Paul’s Parish Veterans Support Group and Rome Refugee Services, a recently formed non-profit organization, greeted and assisted them in unloading their vehicles.

Rome Rotary President Kyle Cairns thanked donors for making the project “a great success” and said that future events are planned in this effort.

Among items that were in need included: Winter jackets, gloves, boots, socks, winter hats, athletic clothes for adults and children, men’s every-day clothing specifically undershirts, different sizes of pants and dress/sports shirts; and gift cards to “big box” stores.

Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support peace efforts and end polio.

To accomplish this objective the Rotary has established “7 Areas of Focus” to guide Rotary Clubs worldwide. These are: Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water-Sanitation-Hygiene, Growing Local Economies, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, and Protecting the Environment. Today, more than 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.

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