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$50 provides winter gear for one of our friends in Lima

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People need warm clothes in Lima

While we are celebrating the start of summer in the northern hemisphere, families in Peru are preparing for what could be a very long winter.

Winter in Lima is intense. Weeks on end of grey skies, high humidity and temperatures low enough to make your bones hurt. Like most homes in Lima, none of our buildings have central heating. Coats, blankets and hot tea are the way most families make it through the cold months. Being in the middle of the COVID-19 global pandemic adds even more hardship to this time.

We have 80 people -- 10 volunteers and 70 others -- living together in our buildings. They need warm clothes and blankets. Volunteers packed a suitcase for a week-long trip during the heat of Lima's summer. The ones who are still in Lima are choosing to stay while the quarantine cotinues. Those who came to us as refugees came with the bare minimum, coats and blankets not included.

We would normally send suitcases packed with donations but since the borders remain closed the only thing we can send is money.

Join us in making sure families stay warm and safe this winter