Local Hoosiers mobilize to help Afghan evacuees
ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) – Hoosiers statewide are helping Afghan evacuees.
Governor Eric Holcomb recently announced a regional fundraising system. All this in order to bring basic necessities to all the Afghans evacuated in Indiana.
And a local town in the Wabash Valley is already having a positive impact. Rockville, Indiana, is just one of nine donation sites across the state. This is just one way for the local hoosiers to step in and help the Afghan evacuees in a meaningful way.
Tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees traveled to the United States. Members of the Indiana National Guard say several thousand evacuees are at Camp Atterbury just outside the Wabash Valley and are looking for a hand.
“This is a time of need,” said Sgt. Christopher McKibben, Indiana National Guard master sergeant in Rockville. “It’s something we can do. We have the capacity to help, and we will do all we can to help [them]. “
Sgt. McKibben says it means a lot to him to help those in need, especially during a very stressful time.
“I’m glad I can do something to help,” he says. “This is one of the many missions of the National Guard. This is the reason why we join together to help our communities, and even though they are not in our community, it is still a person in the need, and we’re doing our part to help. “
He says it’s a great way for local residents to positively impact the lives of many people, and here’s how local residents can help.
There are a variety of items that evacuees need, but they have to be new items only to be accepted. Items donated range from hygiene items like toothbrushes, towels and toilet paper to clothing for all ages to packaged water and non-perishable foods.
Heads of state say 40% of evacuees are children aged 14 and under, so many of the most requested items are aimed at young children, especially babies. This includes formula, diapers, and toys. But the sergeant. McKibben says that even one article donated will make a big difference in someone’s life.
“I think it helps show who we are if we help those in need,” said Sgt. McKibben said. “It’s just small, simple things like a shirt, towel, or bar of soap. It’s just helping another person in need.”
Here is a full list of items that can be donated:
• Men (18 and over): modest, unbranded clothing such as shirts, pants of all sizes (no shorts or tank tops)
• Women (18+): modest unbranded clothing such as long sleeve round neck shirts, modest short sleeve shirts, pants of all sizes (no shorts, dresses or tank tops)
• Children (4 to 17 years old): same items as listed above in all age groups and all sizes (long sleeves and pants)
• Baby (0 months – 4 years): clothes, hats and socks for babies and newborns
•Various. Clothing: underwear for men, women and children, modest underwear, socks, hats for all ages (cold and hot weather), slip-on shoes and sandals for men, women and children (no flip flops)
• Food and water
• Long-life food products (preferably individually wrapped)
• No pork items
• Bottled water (no glass)
• Water soluble electrolyte, hydration and vitamin powders / liquids
• Articles specific to children
• Diapers (assorted sizes), diaper cream and baby wipes
• Baby shampoo
• Baby lotion
• Formula (no powder, only liquid)
• Bottles (no glass)
• Blankets / swaddles for babies and children
• New lollipops
• Toys (not battery powered)
• Sports balls
• Hygiene (individually wrapped)
• Feminine hygiene products (towels only, no tampons)
• Soap bars (no liquid soap)
• Combs / Brushes
• Toothpaste / Toothbrushes
• shower shoes
• New masks (disposable or reusable)
• Hand sanitizer
• MISC (unbranded if possible)
• Phone chargers (wall adapter and cord, iPhone and Android)
• prayer rugs
• Reusable and durable water bottles (no glass)
• Insect repellent