Donations Arrive for Refugees Finding Home in Fox Valley - WBAY

Donations Arrive for Refugees Finding Home in Fox Valley

Appleton -

In an attempt to help dozens of refugees leaving their native countries for the Fox Valley, Saturday morning volunteers unloaded vehicles filled with necessities.

They're collecting furniture and apartment essentials for an estimated 135 refugees arriving by next fall from Congo, Iraq and Myanmar.

"Pots and pans," Fox Cities Kiwanis Volunteer Jean Long Manteufel shows us. "Kitchen items, things a family would use to set up their kitchen."

World Relief Fox Valley is coordinating the resettlement.

Lawrence University is loaning free-of-charge the old North Shore Bank building in downtown Appleton for the collection.

The effort is a collaboration between the city of Appleton, Lawrence University and the Fox Cities Kiwanis Club.

"These individuals are coming from often war-torn countries," Kathy Flores said, the diversity director for the city of Appleton. "Lots of areas of trauma and conflict. It's great to open our doors and say we're ready for you."

There are two other opportunities to drop off donations at the old bank at 320 E. College Ave. in Appleton:  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday March 4.

Donations can be dropped off at the back door facing the alley.

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