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Letter: Thanks to community support, we're very close to bringing Afghan refugee family to Alexandria

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.

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To the editor:
We have once again experienced the generosity of the Alexandria area. The Lakes Area Sponsor Circle has been working to bring an Afghan refugee family to Alexandria and are so close to having this become a reality. It is with heartfelt thanks and due to the efforts of so many of you who stepped up to donate and help!
Many of you have asked to be updated on our efforts. We have done our research and fulfilled the requirements needed to host and support a family. Our application has been certified and we are waiting patiently to hear when we will be assigned a family.
We are connecting and updating government officials, veteran's groups and faith based groups, as well as organizations like United Way. You can follow our updates at Lakes Area Sponsor Circle on Facebook.
The next stage will begin once the family arrives. We have secured housing for the family and will continue fundraising to provide basic necessities and to alleviate transportation costs. We anticipate that the head of household will be ready and eager to find gainful employment in the Alexandria area.
We understand that the family may experience a sense of isolation; so, one of our main considerations is to connect them with other Afghan families nearby. We are also studying their culture so that we can connect with them in as many ways as possible. If you have suggestions or skills that you might share with us and them when they arrive, please reach out at lakesareasponsorcircle@gmail.com . You can also learn more about this humanitarian effort at http://www.sponsorcircle.org .
Again, thank you for your support. We look forward to having you join us in welcoming a family to Alexandria.
Members of the Lakes Area Sponsor Circle — Carol Wenner, Bonnie Schnell, Jill Sanders, Sarah Richter, Laura Kremer, Wendy Hyatt, Cynthia Fuller, Sharon Bridges and Tracy Bogart

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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.
The following commentary is an opinion item submitted to the newspaper. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.