Afghan refugees make up the majority of people resettled in Northern Virginia by Migration and Refugee Services of the Diocese of Arlington.

Many arrive in the U.S. with nothing but the clothes on their backs...

Forced to Flee: A migrant's story of Hope

Afghan allies often wait years for SIV approval

Our Lady of Lourdes is partnering with Migration and Refugee Services to adopt a family of 8 Afghan refugees.

Migration and Refugee Services is a department within Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. They are working with the State Department to resettle the family, and Our Lady of Lourdes is supporting their efforts.

We will help by provisioning their new home. Items needed include bedding, linens and towels, and cookware and tableware. All items must be new.

Here's how you can help...


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Walmart eGift cards will be used to purchase bed frames, mattresses, and bedding. Please set the "Recipient's email" to the MRS corporate email:

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Purchase housewares and other needed items from this Amazon Wishlist and the items will be shipped directly to MRS offices via Amazon.

Select the gift option to "email recipient a copy of the gift receipt" and set the "Recipient's email address" to the MRS corporate email:

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If you prefer to shop in-store for the family we're adopting, please bring your purchases to the parish after Mass on the weekends of March 6/7 and 13/14. MRS will pick up once the drive is complete.

New linens, blankets (twin, full, and queen), bath towels and washcloths, tableware, flatware and cookware sets, laptop PCs (for school and job search), dishtowel packs, broom and dustpan sets, lightbulbs, PPE and sanitizing supplies, are all needed. 

Gift Cards purchased at your local grocery store or department store can be dropped off in the poor box inside the church. Please label as "For MRS Drive".

Monetary donations are also welcome.

Please make your check out to “Migration and Refugee Services – CCDA" and add “OLOL Donation Drive” in the memo space. Monetary Donations should be dropped off in the Our Lady of Lourdes Poor Box within the main church. 

All donors will receive a donation acknowledgement for tax purposes. 

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Any excess donations will be gratefully accepted by MRS to help other new arrivals.

Questions? Feel free to reach out! 

In the parish: Contact Donna Hansberry -

At MRS: Contact Gregory McKinney -