Francis Parker School is teaming up with Second Families and Helping El Cajon Refugees to furnish two apartments and provide some basic amenities for two Afghan families who were recently airlifted to safety. The drive will run until Tuesday, November 9. 

Walter Lam, Founder and CEO of the Alliance for African Assistance, as well as members of the aforementioned organizations, including Dr. Pha Le, joined students on both campuses last week to help the community understand the complexity of the current state of affairs.  

“I’m excited because I am looking at the current and future leaders who care and want to make a difference in this world,” Walter told students in Grades 8 through 11 who gathered in the Fieldhouse last Tuesday for a Community Engagement assembly.

Walter also made a trip to Lower School, where he was interviewed by Lower School Student Council Co-Presidents Laird Anderson and Amani Solorio.

Donation bins have been placed at both campuses near the drop-off zones.

Individuals donating large items should drop off between 9 am and 2 pm at the Linda Vista Campus. The Sign-up Genius “wish list” contains additional guidance on the items that are needed and how they can be shipped, delivered, or picked up. Families are welcome and encouraged to donate items even if they have been marked off the Sign-up Genius list – they will be used to assist other Afghan families. 

 We need:

  • Furniture for bedrooms, living rooms, etc. This is our #1 priority!
  • Household supplies and a bit of decor to make it feel like a home
  • Toys, Stuffed Animals, new school supplies are also appreciated

 For more information, contact Parker’s Director of Community Engagement Kevin Dunn ([email protected]).