Coal for Christmas

Source: National Catholic Register

As winter rapidly approaches in Afghanistan nations, NGOs have been responding to humanitarian calls to assist Afghan families following the U.S. withdrawal and breakdown of government services. According to the United Nations estimates since the Taliban takeover, the breakdown in government services has left more than 1 million children at risk of freezing, malnutrition, and starvation.

One group responding to this global humanitarian call is The Vulnerable People Project. Founded by U.S. Army veteran Jason Jones, The Vulnerable People Project is preparing to deliver coal and food to 5,000 Afghan families during the Christmas season.

Jones said, “In America, giving coal is saved for the bad kids at Christmas. In Afghanistan, the families hiding from the Taliban want nothing more than coal for Christmas. Right now, one million vulnerable people, many of them Christians, are at risk for starvation and exposure this winter as they hide in safe houses.”

“We stand to serve 5,000 people urgently who need resources from the American people. This Christmas, I’m urging Americans to give the gift of coal, and help to ensure thousands of Christians in Afghanistan stay hidden and receive food and heating supplies they need as they await opportunities to emigrate.” 

Jones, who during his tenure in the U.S. military was involved in a number of operations aimed at protecting the lives of Afghan Christians,  views his role today as a continuation of his service working to protect families.

Partnering with Prince Wafa, a San Diego business owner who was evacuated from Afghanistan in early December, The Vulnerable People Project is working to save lives.

Jones said, “Without our help thousands of children are going to die.”

If you are interested in helping Afghan families this winter, according to the The Vulnerable People Project’s website a tax-deductible donation of $250 can supply coal and food through the winter for a family of five, while a gift of $70 can supply coal and food for one month. To learn more about Jones’ work and see how you can get involved please visit

Source: National Catholic Register