Wyomissing restaurant raises greater than $8K for Afghan refugees

WYOMISSING, Pa. – The neighborhood is coming collectively to assist in giving an Afghan refugee household a brand new dwelling.

Greater than $8,000 was raised at Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery Tuesday evening to assist resettlement efforts.

“That is what’s kicking off our fundraising effort,” mentioned coordinator Ann Marie McMahon.

McMahon is a part of the Afghan Sponsor Circle of Higher Studying, a bunch fashioned by native volunteers to assist a household that fled Afghanistan discover a new dwelling right here.

She mentioned it’s a part of an initiative by the federal authorities to assist resettle 1000’s of Afghan refugees.

They’re required to boost a sure sum of money for every member of the family. The household they’re searching for to assist nonetheless has not been recognized.

“We’re hoping that that is settled fairly quickly,” mentioned McMahon.

The Circle would offer the household with issues like authorized, housing, and employment help.

Doug Metcalfe can also be a part of the circle and mentioned Tuesday’s occasion is a giant step ahead.

“This assist has been wonderful,” mentioned Metcalfe.

It’s assist he mentioned is coming from individuals who can not even attend the dinner.

“We’re actually, actually excited to have so many individuals purchase tickets and are available out and assist this fundraiser,” mentioned Metcalfe.

One donor mentioned she was pleased to donate as a result of she’s had extraordinarily optimistic relationships with refugees in the neighborhood. 

“Our metropolis is made higher, our county is made higher, when we’ve got individuals from all types of cultures, all types of backgrounds, as our neighbors,” mentioned Annette Garber of Sinking Spring.

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