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Community Champion: Butterfly Boxes

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Two Portland women are welcoming newcomers and honoring their own family history.

Helping refugees has always been important to the Enriquez family. “My dad was a child refugee from Cuba,” Adrienne explains. “He was one of ten kids brought to the U.S. by his parents, who left Cuba after the revolution in 1959. Now we have this huge extended family here in Portland, and we wanted to pay our good fortune forward.” The 2016 presidential election spurred sisters-in-law Adrienne and Alysson to launch Butterfly Boxes. The nonprofit provides welcome boxes to refugees fleeing other countries and joining the Portland community. “I have two small children,” Alysson says. “We woke up that morning, and my daughter Evelyn, who was six at the time, was really hopeful that we were going to have our first woman president. She woke up and was just heart-broken and scared. Because of al …

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