Help. As you may know, the FLDS are being evicted from Short Creek. Regardless of WHY they are being evicted, evictions are traumatic. There are no support services for them during this transition, but there are many things that the outside world can do to help them, even if it is just sending little travel bags for children with a small pillow, blanket & hygiene items. Jump ropes, hackey sacks, journals, sketchbooks, activity pads can be therapeutic for children too. For mothers, stress reduction care packages would be greatly appreciated, maybe with essential oils, herb tea, healthy treats or items for self-care? Journals for mothers too – even just notebooks would be nice.
Can you help locate short term or long term housing? Large homes preferred. Also needed – moving supplies, moving trucks, containers, and even household items because families have to split up – and only one of the mothers will get the kitchenware, the appliances, the vehicle, the beds. (I sat down with a group of FLDS ladies and compiled their needs & suggestions on a Needs Form.) Twin beds, bunk beds, mattresses, bedding and pillows repeatedly appear on the list. Do you have any new pillows & pillow cases to spare?
Are there any Art Therapists willing to come to the crick? This is a heart-breaking, stressful time as children say good bye to their siblings and other mothers, as lifelong best friends say emotional farewells, and as the only community they have ever known is deconstructed. Whether you believe it was caused by their leaders or by the state, it is still a humanitarian crisis. Let’s stop judging and start helping. This is REAL. The overwhelming gratitude I have seen from the little help I have personally been able to give so far has touched my soul deeply. Please private message me if you or your group want to help in any way at all. Items can be sent to P.O. Box 840848 Hildale, Utah 84784.
Also – please know that the former FLDS friends and family members would love to help them, but the FLDS won’t accept help from them due to the religious belief in shunning those who left. The best we can do is be stand-ins for their loved ones.
Below is a form that they fill out
No. in Family _____ Are You Employed? _____ Approx. Income/Month _____________
Moving & Housing
___Short term housing ___Long term housing
___Moving trucks ___Moving supplies
___Containers ___Trailers or tents to stay in until housing is located
___Manpower to help with move ___________________________________________
___Motion sensor lights ___Dishes/cookware ___Silverware/Utensils
___Generator to use ___Beds/Bedding ___Bathroom Supplies
___Furniture & Appliances (Describe most critical needs) ______________________________
___School Supplies (Describe) ___________________________________________________
___Journals ___Jump ropes/large balls (for children)
___Art supplies for art therapy ___Therapy animals
___Musical instruments for children
___Gardening supplies for garden therapy
___Care packages for stress reduction w/ essential oils
___Financial Help (Describe most critical needs) ____________________________________
___Food (Notes?) ______________________________________________________________
___Boys clothes (sizes) __________________________________________________________
___Fabric for dresses (Preferred type & color) ________________________________________
___Hygiene supplies ___Dry goods ___Laundry supplies
___Hair supplies ___Gas Cards ___Cleaning products