Hayward Community Center to host Afghan refugee donation campaign – SFBay

Donations for Afghan refugees will be accepted on the afternoon of Dec. 4 at a community center in Hayward, city officials said.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., donations such as clothing, toiletries and housewares will be accepted at the Matt Jimenez Community Center at 28200 Ruus Road in Hayward.

Welcome baskets are also accepted as donations.

Community members and city staff members work alongside two refugee aid groups to establish the community center as a hub for acceptance, inventory and distribution of items including refugees need when settling in the Bay Area.

The two refugee aid groups are the International Rescue Committee and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants. Groups encourage financial contributions to support refugees, but donations of large items also help.

Useful toiletries include, but are not limited to, diapers, baby wipes, toothbrushes, and baby formula. Clothing donations could take the form of traditional clothing, shoes, shirts and other clothing.

Donations of household items, such as cooking utensils, blankets, bedding and prayer rugs, are also welcome.

The center is run by volunteers with the support of city staff members. For more information on the hub, people can go to the project’s website at https://www.the5ivepillars.org/.

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