APPLETON - Lawrence University is sharing a recently purchased building with the community.
University leaders say they are making the former bank building on E. College Ave. available as a donation collection point for refugees who will be moving to the Fox Valley in the coming year. Lawrence has agreed to loan the 10,800-square-foot building to World Relief Fox Valley rent-free for the next six months.
Lawrence bought the building and adjacent parking lot for about $284,000 in December.
About 135 refugees are coming to Appleton, Neenah and Menasha from Congo, Iraq and Myanmar.
The Fox Cities Kiwanis will lead a furniture drive, collecting furnishings such as couches, lamps, chairs, nightstands, dressers and kitchen tables. Donations are being accepted Feb. 22 and March 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and March 4 from 4-7 p.m.