FORT LEE, Va. (WRIC) — Afghan refugees are temporarily staying at Fort Lee near Hopewell as they take their next steps in the VISA process and plan their resettlement.
Many of these refugees do not have enough clothing and families staying at Fort Lee are in need of things for babies and young children.
Fort Lee officials shared a list of needs with the Prince George County government.
One major need is summer clothing and a Facebook post from Prince George County explains that new or gently used clothes are preferred. These clothes will be some of the first that people acquire as they rebuild their lives here in the United States.
Clothes should be conservative with no logos or inappropriate language.
The list of items needed changes daily. Please check this page for the latest list.
The following clothing items are needed:
- Infant clothes – Newborn to 24 months
- Underwear for woman and girls
- Leggings for girls and women (critical need)
- Sports bras (critical need)
- Shirts for women size Small/Medium (preferably light material with ¾ to long sleeve)
- Long skirts size Small/Med
- Closed toe shoes women sizes 7-8
- Socks size 7-8 women
- Underwear men and boys
- Pants size 34 and below for men
- Shorts size 34 and below for men
- Shirts all sizes
- Belts size 34 and below
- Closed toe shoes sizes 7-8 for men
- Socks sizes 7-8 for men
- All sizes for boys clothing
The following other items are needed:
- Baby formula for newborn only
- Coloring books
- Playing cards
- Games for kids
- Soccer balls
- Volley balls
- Duffel bags
- Nail clippers
- First aid kits
- Electric kettles for warming tea and baby bottles (critical need)
- Phone chargers
- Personal hygiene items
Anyone wanting to provide personal hygiene items is asked to donate travel-sized bottles instead of full-size.
Fort Lee officials said that non-governmental organizations are working together through Operation Allies Welcome to request these items. They are collaborating with the Fort Lee Religious Support Office, to contact the office call (804) 734-6494.
Anyone or any organization interested in joining efforts to help Afghan refugees can contact AfghanPartnerships@state.gov for more information.
There are several other ways the public can assist.
Lutheran Social Services National Capital Area (LSSNCA) is looking for donations and support for our Afghan Allies. Monetary donations will offer immediate assistance to arriving families in the form of transportation, temporary housing and other urgent needs. Click here to donate.
Donate directly to the IRC in Richmond, which helps refugees granted sanctuary in the U.S. Gifts will be used to “provide employment opportunities, counseling, English language instruction and opportunities for refugee children to integrate into and enjoy American culture.”