Trash Panda Drinking Club will host a charity drive for Afghan refugees Friday, September 3.

President Joe Biden announced in April that American troops in Afghanistan would withdraw, and since, unceasing violence has occurred. Afghanistan has seen much turmoil over the years of the Taliban's regime, and recently, the country has undergone mass evacuations to escape the terrible conditions. With the news consistently covering the poverty, violence, and conflict taking place in Afghanistan, there’s a way for Houstonians to help.

On Friday, Night Moves Hospitality and Houston resident Annick Baquero will be hosting a Care Package Drive for Afghan Refugees. The drive will be held at Trash Panda Drinking Club.

Baquero decided to not only celebrate her birthday but to pay it forward to those in need.  “This is a great opportunity to have a good time while offering a helping hand to those fleeing from poverty, violence, and incessant conflict in their home country,” Baquero writes on Instagram.

Within the upcoming weeks, hundreds of Afghan Refugees will arrive in Houston, according to Elizabeth Trovall at  Houston Chronicle. Displaced Afghani’s will land in Houston through a humanitarian designation, for those who were obtaining a Special Immigrant Visa and were not able to complete the process before evacuating to the United States. The refugees won’t initially be eligible for public benefits, such-as food stamps, Medicaid, or refugee cash assistance, making the need for donations even stronger.

To help Afghan refugees, Baquero asks that you bring essentials like household items, school supplies, and personal hygiene items. 

Trash Panda Drinking Club Care Package Drive, Friday, September 3. 7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Trash Panda Drinking Club, 4203 Edison St. To RSVP, email [email protected]

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