Furniture Donations Sought for Appleton Refugees - WBAY

Furniture Donations Sought for Appleton Refugees

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The first of three furniture donation drives focused on helping refugee families in Appleton will take place Saturday morning.

Those refugees are coming from Iraq, Congo, and Myanmar.

With signs posted, the former North Shore Bank Building in downtown Appleton is now the drop off site for a furniture which will assist refugee families.

Siri Benn is one of the about two dozen Lawrence University students who plan to help out.

"It seems like we're going to be doing a lot of moving, sorting, maybe checking pieces of furniture out, figuring out whether they're going to be usable. Just seeing if they're going to make someone's home nice," said Benn, whose a senior. 

For this event, organizers say no monetary donations are being accepted.

Just used furniture plus household items like kitchen supplies and toiletries.

Appleton alderman Curt Konetzke said, "They're looking for smaller furniture items, chairs, desks, tables. They're not looking for mattresses and things like that. Some dressers, end tables, coffee tables that kind of situation for their living rooms and stuff like that."

About 75 refugee families are planning resettle in Appleton. Some have already arrived. The rest plan to be here by October." :27>[Duration:0:09]

So Benn hopes there's a good response.

"Try and see if there is anything they feel like is not necessary for them or they're thinking about moving on and is gently used or they think would be really helpful for someone moving into the area and needs furniture, a place, a welcoming home," said Benn. 

Saturday's drive runs from 9AM to 1PM.

Donations will also be accepted on March 1st, and during evening hours on March 4th.

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