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A Warm Welcome for Newly-Arrived Refugees

A plane lands at Charlottesville Airport on a crisp winter evening. Among the passengers are a refugee family who has just completed their long journey to the United States. They step off the plane and are greeted by the sharp cold. They have no coats.  But they are also greeted by an IRC staff member carrying warm winter coats for the whole family to wear as they travel to the apartment that the IRC has rented and furnished for them.

With winter now upon us, many newly-arrived refugees are experiencing winter in the US for the first time, and are in need of coats.

Tommy Kinstle posing with coats collected at Crutchfield Photo: Crutchfield

For the past six years, the IRC in Charlottesville has been the grateful recipient of coats and other winter accessories collected by Crutchfield Corporation. Each year, Crutchfield employee Tommy Kinstle places collection boxes in the Charlottesville retail store and at the company headquarters, and then delivers the donated coats to the IRC. “We are very fortunate to have the continued support of Crutchfield. It is lasting partnerships like these that enable the IRC to provide exceptional service to refugees, and make Charlottesville a welcoming city,” says IRC Development Coordinator, Diana Cole Connolly. Crutchfield collected and delivered more than 250 coats this year for needy refugees.

Earlier this month, Free Union Country School and Montfair Resort Farm also hosted donation drives, collecting coats hats, mittens, scarves and blankets. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we have more than enough coats to keep everyone warm this winter!