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November 19-December 3



Arun Acharya, a junior at Walt Whitman High School, has created a collection drive as his Eagle Scout project. Arun and his family live on Winterberry Lane.

Burning Tree Village is partnering with Arun on this project. Arun asks his Burning Tree Village neighbors to “Donate to help refugees coming to the United States from various places like Central America, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. Most refugees don’t have homes or resources to survive. Your contributions could feed and help a family who took refuge in America.

The project’s goals are to collect 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food; 40 small appliances (10 blenders, 10 vacuum cleaners, 10 rice cookers, 10 sewing machines); clothing (new or used in good condition to wear); and furniture (chairs, tables, and bookshelves).

From November 19 through December 3 nine collection sites in the BTV neighborhood will be set up to collect donated items. You will find the locations of the nine collection sites in your BTV newsletters.

You can take donated items to any of these collection sites. For large appliances or furniture, call or email Arun (see below) to have items picked up at your home.

As you prepare to share Thanksgiving with your family and friends, BTV asks you to please consider helping those in need by donating to Arun’s drive. In addition to Burning Tree Village's participation, charitable organizations supporting Arun include The Washington Centre for International Education, Homes Not Borders, MOZAIC, Bethesda Cares, and The Immigrant and Refugee Outreach Center.  


To request a pickup from your home, email Arun Acharya or call/text him at 202-821-2280

Questions? Email Amy Rider