Help Settle Afghan Refugees

In the coming weeks and months, refugees – men, women, and children – from Afghanistan will be arriving in Kalamazoo County. Many of them will arrive with nothing except the clothes on their backs. Our help is needed to give them a fresh start.

The following is a list of priority needs:

° Any Household Basics*-sheets, towels, blankets, pillows, kitchen items for cooking, plates, glasses, kitchen towels, flatware, etc.

° Clothing*—especially fall and winter sweaters and coats.

° Shoes and Winter Boots*

° Personal Hygiene Products – shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.

° Gift Cards  – stores like Meijer, Target

° Places to Live— information about rentals or space in homes with families

*These can be new or gently used.

Donations can be dropped off to:

 Prince of Peace Church, 1747 Milham, near Oakland Drive in Portage, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (drive around to the back)

 Peoples Church, 1758 N 10th Street, north of West Main Street in Kalamazoo, Monday – Thursday, 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Donations to Samaritas Refugee Resettlement Program will also be helpful.