More help needed ahead of refugees’ arrival

APPLETON – Help for refugees who will resettle in the Fox Valley in a few months got off to a good start this weekend in Appleton.

Volunteers from the Fox Valley Kiwanis and Lawrence University manned the former North Shore Bank building to take in donations from the public.

They collected items such as household furniture, lamps, towels, and cleaning supplies.

Organizers say they’re very appreciative of the support. But more donations will be needed to assist the large number of refugees expected later this year.

“Sheets, blankets, pillows. We’d love new pillows. We’ve got maybe 20 new pillows but we could use more because we’re expecting 75 or more refugees. We could use bed frames. That’s kind of a hard item to come by, just the frames for twin and double beds,” said organizer Jean Long Manteufel.

There are two collection drives coming up on March 1 and March 4.

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