SARA is excited to share our latest news: we were able to get cars for three refugee families! Because they have family members who are still in danger, we can't show their pictures as they heard the news about the cars. We wish we could--it was a wonderful day for all of us. Here's a little more about them (and pictures of the kinds of cars they received):
1) Gateway Community Church members worked together to raise money for a car to be given to a refugee. When Gateway raised the money, SARA matched 50% of the amount and purchased two cars total!
A) We were able to give a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country to a family of 8 who arrived Austin in June of this year. The father of this family has a heart monitor and is diabetic. Having a minivan will help him avoid long walks or waiting for the bus. The van will also help support his family's growing catering business. The large family was ecstatic and very thankful.
B) 2) With Gateway & SARA contributions we purchased a 2006 Toyota Camry LE for a family of three. The father was disabled by a missile attack on his home in Syria. The mother is the only one able to work; their teenage daughter goes to school. This car will help the mother avoid hours of commuting on the bus and help the family get on their feet.
2) A generous donor gave SARA a Lexus RX 300. SARA took the car to a mechanic who fixed a couple of issues free of charge once he learned that the car was going to a refugee family.
The Lexus RX 300 was given to a family of four, a couple with a 6-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. The young family was all smiles; they are very thankful to everyone who contributed toward their getting this car.
If you are interested in helping other deserving refugee families have access to the transportation they need, please donate now at sarorg.org (all proceeds go directly to helping refugee families). If your church, mosque, or group of friends wants to work together to purchase a car, please use the contact form on our website to let us know: http://www.saraorg.org/contact-us.html. It was a wonderful day at SARA--helping refugee families have reliable transportation which is a critical part of what we are able to do and we couldn't have done it without our generous donors. Thank you for your support!