BAINBRIDGE ISLAND -- The Bethany community, neighbors and community members are invited to an event supporting refugee assistance from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Titled "500 Pillows for 500 Refugee Dreams," the event will feature 500 pillows to be sent to refugees through Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Participants will sing and have a group photo taken with the pillows featuring messages welcoming refugees.
A representative from Lutheran Community Services is expected, as well.
The event follows a large-scale collection effort last year and early this year at Bethany that resulted in the furnishing of a dozen apartments for refugees and 53 “welcoming kits” containing items for apartment rooms. This was done in conjunction with partner churches including Eagle Harbor Congregational Church and others. It, too, was done under the auspices of Lutheran Community Services.
Pictured: Pastor Paul Stumme-Diers and Ed Kushner pose for photos with some of the pillows on Tuesday.