Catholics, Others Come Together to Aid Refugees
December 9, 2021
ROCKFORD—Two rental trucks of household and personal items were delivered to Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Office on Dec. 4. 
The items were collected by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations in Joliet, Buffalo Grove, and Schaumberg. Additional monetary donations from LDS members in Rockford and Wilmette were scheduled to be delivered the following 
Monday. Catholic Charities’ staff, volunteers from Rockford University, and young men from the LDS Church (including one who chatted in Swahili with a staff member at the refugee office) unloaded the trucks in less than an hour. 
The LDS national office is a regular supporter of Catholic Charities’ programs in the U.S. and around the world. 
John Delavan and Wilford Wagner drove that morning to the three locations to pick up the items, and said they are “grateful for all Catholic Charities does” for the poor and refugees, adding, “We’re happy to help.”
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