Fox Valley lending a helping hand to refugees


APPLETON - A push in the Fox Valley to lend a helping hand to dozens of refugees leaving their native countries for Northeast Wisconsin.

Saturday was the first of several collection drives held at the former North Shore Bank Building in Appleton.

It's a collaboration by Lawrence University. the Fox Cities Kiwanis Club and the city to collect donations to help 75 refugees.

The refugees will arrive from Myanmar, Iraq, and Congo later this year.

Donations are needed for families to set up house - including dining room sets, towels, and dressers.

Organizers say it's important to help the refugees with the life-changing adjustment.

"They're our, our new neighbors and we want to make them feel at home. They're a part of our community and we want to know that they're welcome and from the way the community is bringing things, they are welcome," said Kiwanis Organizer Jean Long Manteufel.

World Relief Fox Valley is coordinating the resettlement.

You can still drop off your donations at the former bank on College Avenue in Appleton on March first and fourth.

Tune into Good Day Wisconsin tomorrow for more on how the first collection day went and what organizers still need.