Rhode Islanders Provide Warm Handwritten Welcome For Afghan Evacuees

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RHODE ISLAND (WBZ NewsRadio) – The first of Afghan families to resettle in Rhode Island will get a warm welcome when they arrive.

Former U.S. Combat Interpreter Amin Faqiry, his pregnant wife and their four children are expected to arrive in the Ocean State next week. When they come to start their new life, they will find welcome letters waiting for them in their new apartment.

The letters were written by Rhodes Islanders as part of a community pen-pal service called “Dear R.I.” The service was co-founded by Jessica David who said the letters present an incredible outpouring of support.

“We have 165 letters so far,” David said. “They are all amazing [and] just incredibly warm and positive and welcoming and caring.”

The letters come from church groups, students, families and immigrants who now live in the state.

They detail what the Faqiry family can expect upon their arrival. More information about the service can be found on their website.

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