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Joining hands to help immigrants, refugees

Joining hands to help immigrants, refugees

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Joining hands to help immigrants, refugees

Community members are invited to Hoover Elementary School's second annual "Join Hands Day," a community service event for all ages.

The day includes two activities, one stuffing backpacks for immigrant families and the other event a book, CD and video sale with all the proceeds going toward the Haiti Drinking Water Project.
Joining hands to help immigrants, refugees

Community members are invited to Hoover Elementary School's second annual "Join Hands Day," a community service event for all ages.

The day includes two activities, one stuffing backpacks for immigrant families and the other event a book, CD and video sale with all the proceeds going toward the Haiti Drinking Water Project.

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Joining hands to help immigrants, refugees
Joining hands to help immigrants, refugees
 byJennifer KiviojaStaff writer 
 Posted: 5/4/2005
Community members are invited to Hoover Elementary School'ssecond annual "Join Hands Day," a community service event for all ages.The day includes two activities, one stuffing backpacks for immigrant families and the other event a book, CD and video sale with all the proceedsgoing toward the
Haiti Drinking Water Project.
 Both events are taking place at the school Saturday, May 7. Assembly of backpacks isfrom 9 a.m. to noon, and the book, CD and video sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Join Hands Day is a joint event with Thrivent Financial and Hoover School, manychurches and community groups.This is the second time the school is hosting the event."It went so well last year, that we're doing it again," said Liz Reiser, social worker atHoover and organizer of the event.Last year the school was one of 20 schools nationwide to win the Points of Light Awardfor its project. Reiser said that the school received a plaque and $1,000. She used themoney to purchase all of the backpacks for this year's event."It was very exciting and I'm very proud to be one of the 20 programs in the whole nationthat was honored," said Reiser.Join Hands Day is a community event that encourages adults and youth to work together.The Hoover project focuses on immigrant and refugee families attending schools inDistrict 11.The day of the event many volunteers will gather at the school and stuff 100 backpacks.Each bag is filled with a tied quilt, a fleece blanket and a variety of school supplies.1
 
Joining hands to help immigrants, refugees
Then the bags are given to refugee and immigrant children through District 11's familywelcome center for immigrant and refugee families."Last year the bags were given out until they were gone," said Reiser.Reiser encourages families to attend the event to help stuff backpacks for immigrantfamilies."It's important for our community to welcome new members," Reiser said. "It's a youthand adults endeavour, we really want kids to come and help along with adults," she said.Many non-English speaking families attended last year's event."They really enjoyed the day last year and they said they felt more attached to thecommunity and school after participating," Reiser said."There really are needy families who don't have a connection to our community or knowour language. This event helps them to find a place and connect with the school and other  people from our community."The other event taking place at the school May 7 is a fund-raiser for the Haiti DrinkingWater Project.Reiser's uncle, Rev. Bernard Reiser at St. Nicholas Church in New Market, hasspearheaded the Haiti project and she thought it would be a great way to raise money."I heard about this project from my uncle and we both share the feeling that you don'twait for larger organizations to help," Liz Reiser said. "You help when you see the problem right in front of you."I know all the money is going right to the community, instead of larger relief organizations in which some of the money goesto overhead costs. I know the money we raise isgoing directly to that project."Rev. Reiser is known in the community as thefounding pastor of Epiphany Catholic Church,Coon Rapids. He is heading the Haitian water  project for Cite Du Soleil, which has anestimated population of about 300,000 and is asuburb of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti,which ranks last out of 147 countries, accordingto an international poverty scale index."It's been a marvelous experience and it makesyou grateful for what God has given us," said Rev. Reiser.2

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