Maria is a single mother to her 1-year-old son, Cedric. Maria left Haiti for Mexico after the major earthquake 5 years ago. In hopes of having a better life for her and her son, she moved to the United States in July of last year and had Cedric shortly thereafter in September. Maria currently works for the Nile Sisters and hopes to go back to school for a degree in Public Health. She also plans to enroll in English classes when she saves enough money. Maria and Cedric are currently renting a room from a friend and do not have very much room to store their items, but they hope to save enough to have their own apartment soon. When she is not working, Maria tries to spend as much time as she can with Cedric, who enjoys playing at the park and other outdoor activities. She also enjoys listening to music, gardening, and growing her own herbs.
Visa Gift Cards for Groceries
Toy Cars and Action Figures for Age 1
Clothes (Cedric loves blue and green)—Size 18 Months or larger, Size 5 Shoes
Books for 1 Year & Up
Learning Toys for 1 Year & Up
Crayons & Coloring Books
Clothing Store Gift Card
Rosetta Stone (English)
Music—Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Celine Dion
Items for Pampering (e.g. Nail Set, Purse, etc.)
Nikki and Ruben are Nigerian immigrants and parents to a 12-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. Nikki just received her CNA license and hopes to one day become an RN. Ruben was recently reunited with his family and is focusing on getting a job and an education. The family enjoys outdoor activities, but transportation is a major issue for them. The 12-year-old girl does well in school and excels in math. She would love to run track, but she is unable to participate due to lack of transportation. Both Nikki and Ruben and their children are concerned about the children fitting in and making friends. They hope to visit the San Diego Zoo and take their family to the movies and dinner.
Ndume and his family immigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States in May of this year. Their primary language is Swahili, and they also speak French and Lingala. He and his wife have 7 children—18-year-old girl, 16-year-old boy in 9th grade, 13-year-old boy in 7th grade, 10-year-old girl in 5th grade, 8-year-old boy in 3rd grade, and 5-year-old twins (boy and girl) in 1st grade. Ndume is primarily concerned with finding a job and paying rent. When he is not working, he studies English all day. For his children, Ndume feels their greatest needs are education, health, and clothing. The family enjoys outdoor activities, especially soccer, and the children enjoy going to parks and the beach. Transportation is a major issue for them with the bus being their primary mode of travel, making it difficult to do recreational activities with the children.
Mu Dah and Po Tha Kyaw are Karen refugees from Myanmar (Burma) and have been in the United States since March 2010. They have 5 children—4 daughters (22 years old, 20 years old, 17 years old, 2 years old) and a 15-year old son. The family enjoys outdoor activities, especially going to the park and the beach. The children also like to play guitar, and the son likes playing soccer. If they had one wish, it would be the chance to travel the world.
Visa Gift Card for Groceries, Household Supplies, & Toiletries
Clothes (especially for winter)
Soccer Ball & Other Sports Equipment
Beauty Supplies such as makeup
Sizes: 22-year-old Girl - X-Small to Small, 0-4 in Bottoms 20-year-old Girl – X-Small to Small, 0-4 in Bottoms 17-year-old Girl – X-Small to Small, 0-2 in Bottoms 15-year-old Boy – Small to Medium, 18 Regular in Pants 2-year-old Girl – Small, 2T
Fnu and Habiburahman are refugees from Afghanistan and parents to 5 children—2 daughters (18 years old and 15 years old) and 3 sons (12 years old, 10 years old, and 6 years old). The family has been in the Unites States for 1 and a half years, but they do not have any social support network. The family enjoys outdoor activities, such as going to the park and the beach, soccer, and track and field. The children also enjoy playing video games. Fnu’s one wish is for her to have a good job.
Visa Gift Cards for Groceries & Toiletries
Blankets, Comforters, and Bed Sheets
Kitchenware (e.g. cups, dishes, pots, pans)
Toys for 6-year-old Boy (e.g. animals, wrestling action figures like John Cena)