Governor of Indiana solicits donations for Afghan refugees

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is asking Hoosiers to donate new clothes, powdered baby formula and other items for thousands of Afghan evacuees temporarily housed at Camp Atterbury.

Nine Indiana National Guard armories will serve as regional collection sites for the public to drop off new items to help clothe and support evacuees, the Holcomb office said Thursday.

Only new items in their original packaging will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday starting Monday at armories in Evansville, Greenfield, Rockville, Danville, Muncie, Indianapolis (Kessler-Moore Readiness Center), Fort Wayne, South Bend and New Albany.


Clothing needs include modest unbranded items for men and women such as long-sleeved t-shirts, underwear, pants and jackets in sizes small to large, and children’s clothing, including baby clothes and newborns, hats and socks. Forty percent of the evacuees are children 14 and under.

Any organization or business looking to make a large donation and unable to deliver to a designated site should contact [email protected]

Hoosiers interested in making monetary donations can do so at https://fundraise.teamrubiconusa.org/give/355135/#!/donation/checkout or https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/

Camp Atterbury, about 40 kilometers south of Indianapolis, is home to more than 6,000 Afghan refugees who are preparing for permanent resettlement, two weeks after the arrival of the first wave of evacuees.

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