Submitted by Sara Banegas
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. at ASU had the great pleasure of volunteering for The Welcome to America Project on Saturday October 1. Many of the girls in our sorority had previously volunteered with WTAP and love it immensely, and for those of us who were new to this non-profit, it was an experience we will never forget!
We began the day by loading small items into our cars like pictures, kitchen supplies, bed sheets, and kids’ toys that were delivered to two families. The first family who received a donation was from Iraq and needed basic living materials. Fifteen of us moved furniture, TVs, and other items to the second floor apartment where the family was living.
After an hour of cleaning and arranging the materials we brought, the husband of the family was able to sit down and talk to us about his experience of moving to the U.S and why his family had to relocate here from Iraq. It was truly an inspirational story and we couldn’t help but feel humbled from the experience.
The second family we helped was from Eritrea and included a mother, father, two sons and a baby. We helped move furniture and household items into their apartment. One of the greatest joys for me was to play with the younger toddler boy. He was so happy it warmed my heart. I helped him read an interactive book that played noises when you touched it. He became so excited that I was helping him. Even though we couldn’t talk to the family from Eritrea because we didn’t have a translator, I could see in the mother’s eyes how thankful she was to have us there and I enjoyed making her children smile. Overall it was an amazing experience that none of us will ever forget.
Our sorority is also looking forward to partnering with WTAP in November to help coordinate a large community service project!