Salvation Army pledges to assist Afghan evacuees in Wisconsin

FT. MCCOY, WI (CBS 58) - The Salvation Army, among other local organizations, announced Friday, Sept. 3, that they will now accept monetary donations to assist thousands of Afghan evacuees stationed at Ft. McCoy and Volk Field in Wisconsin.

Officials say the donations will be used to assist the evacuees in their transition to life in the United States.

“Many of these individuals came to Wisconsin with nothing but the clothes on their back,” said Benny Benedict, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. “So taking care of them is a top priority.”

The Salvation Army specified that they will purchase new items that are deemed to be the most urgent, such as clothing, undergarments, infant needs and basic humanitarian needs with the donated funds.

Donations can be made online at https://bit.ly/Evacuee or by mailing a check to The Salvation Army of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Divisional Headquarters, 11315 W Watertown Plank Rd. Wauwatosa, WI 53226.

Please write “Afghan Refugees” on the memo line.

“Any leftover funds would be used for case management, as this appears to be a long-term operation,” Benedict said.




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