On May 18th the Multi-Cultural Resource Group from Pioneer Natural Resources put on their first ever service day with the International Rescue Committee in Dallas! Fourteen employees braved the afternoon Texas heat on what was the hottest day of the year to serve refugees in Dallas.
Together, the team mulched the community garden, which participants in the IRC in Dallas’ New Roots Program work in partnership with Our Savior Episcopal Church. In addition to
man power, the group donated twenty-five pairs of new gloves to the community garden, provided lunch for all who attended, and donated snacks, drinks, and sun screen to the garden in addition to providing lunch for all who attended. The group also purchased and donated three grape hoes for refugees who work the garden to use.
The grape hoe is a specific gardening tool that mirrors almost exactly gardening tools that these refugees used in Asia, prior to coming to the United States. Though it may seem small, culturally appropriate and intentional donations like these make massive impacts on the lives and livelihoods of the refugees that use them.
From the bottom of our hearts, the IRC in Texas would like to say a sincere thank you to the men and women from the Multi-Cultural Resource Group at Pioneer Natural Resources. Your generosity, grit, and camaraderie mean the world to us.
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