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UPDATE: Wis. donors give goods for incoming refugees

UPDATED Sunday, February 23, 2014 --- 7:12 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- About 75 refugees who are expected to relocated in Appleton this year from Congo, Iraq and Myanmar will benefit from the generosity of local donors.

A Post-Crescent Media report (http://post.cr/1nZ2dVI ) says residents have already begun collecting furniture, toiletries and cleaning supplies for their new neighbors.

The collections were coordinated by groups including World Relief Fox Valley and the Fox Cities Kiwanis.

At a donation event Saturday, some people brought couches and upholstered chairs. Others brought kitchen items and lamps.

The donations were being collected at the former North Shore Bank, which was purchased by Lawrence University. The college's students were among the volunteers who helped collect the goods.

Lawrence junior Alex Babbitt says the community wants to welcome its newest members, who'll arrive with needs but add diversity.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 --- 7:55 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Several groups are collecting donations for 75 refugees expected to relocate in Appleton this year from Congo, Iraq and Myanmar.

A Post-Crescent Media report (http://post.cr/1bzMSuE ) says Lawrence University bought an office building downtown where the donations will be collected. The school is loaning the space to World Relief Fox Valley, a refugee-resettlement agency based in Oshkosh.

The Fox Cities Kiwanis are helping the agency by leading a furniture drive. They're looking for chairs, lamps, dressers and other furnishings.

Some 75 refugees are expected to come to Appleton. Another 60 are expected to settle in Menasha and Neenah.

Donations will be accepted on Feb. 22, March 1 and March 4.

Kiwanis member Jean Long Manteufel says the aim is to help the city's new neighbors start life in their new homes.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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