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 are without enough clothing and families staying at Fort Lee are in need of things for babies and young children.
Non-governmental organizations are starting to gather supplies to help these families during a traumatic and transitionary period. The Prince George County government shared a list of high need items on Facebook this week.
One major need is summer clothing and the 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 following clothing items are needed:
- 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:
- 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.