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How you can Light One Candle this holiday season for refugee families in Utah

Posted at 1:40 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 18:21:29-05

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.

In Salt Lake City, the IRC opened its doors in 1994, since resettling over 12,000 refugees.

Thousands of other immigrants, asylum seekers, and new Americans have benefitted from the services and programs offered by the IRC in Salt Lake City, including:

  • meeting newly arrived families at the airport and furnishing their homes prior to arrival,
  • helping adults find their first job in the U.S.,
  • supporting school enrollment for refugee youth,
  • educating families on the U.S. healthcare systems and helping them access it during their first months,
  • providing classes and one-on-one coaching on a breadth of financial literacy subjects,
  • enrolling entrepreneurs in a small business program,
  • supporting immigration processes and helping individuals apply for U.S. citizenship, and much more.

That's why Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah is teaming up with IRC and its Light One Candle initiative.

Light One Candle connects community sponsors (individuals, families, neighborhoods, civic groups, businesses) with a wish list created by a newly arrived refugee family.

The list is made up of much-needed items like winter boots, laundry detergent, and gift cards empowering people to make purchases for themselves. You can fill a portion or the entirety of the wish list.

Sign up today by visiting Donations are being collected now through the month of December.