Wisconsin organizations seek donations for Afghan refugees

WISCONSIN – Some 8,700 refugees remain at Fort McCoy after fleeing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and up to 13,000 will be there, the base said on Friday.

Here are some of the organizations helping refugees in Fort McCoy and what they are looking for.

Team Rubicon, a nonprofit working at the base, will accept new or lightly used clothing for Afghans arriving at Fort McCoy, the base said. It will take appropriate seasonal clothing for infants, children, women and men, he added.

People can drop off donations for Team Rubicon at the Sparta Armory, 602 E. Division St. in Sparta. Donations are accepted 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, the base said.

The Milwaukee Islamic Society is looking for traditional clothing for refugees, such as shalwars for men and scarves for women, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The group is also on the lookout for children’s clothing of all sizes and new underwear for adults and children.

The group will accept clothing donations at 4707 S. 13th St. in Milwaukee and online cash donations.

Lutheran Social Services in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan are also working to help refugees resettle. The organization accepts money and donations of food and hygiene kits. The organization is also looking for volunteers to sponsor transportation and recreation.

The organization will take money both online and by mail to PO Box 88868, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53288. Potential donors with personal hygiene kits and gift card donations can email to Sarah Halstead, the organization said. Interested volunteers can also contact a separate email address.

Below are websites of other resettlement organizations with instructions on how to help.

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