Friday, November 05, 2021

The Fond du Lac Public Library is collecting donations to support Afghan families that have been resettled into Wisconsin.

These donations, which will be collected through Nov. 24, will be given to Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

According to Team Rubicon’s website, “As Afghan families arrive at predetermined temporary housing locations, organizations under the direction of the Department of Defense and Department of Security have been asked to assist in this resettlement operation in various capacities throughout the United States. Team Rubicon is one of the organizations leading in this effort.

“Thousands of families are displaced and do not have access to critical lifelines such as shelter, diapers, clothing, and hygiene needs.”
Items currently needed for these families include new clothing of conservative and modest styles, such as crewnecks or turtlenecks. The greatest need, however, is for toddler clothing, particularly warm and new items for sizes newborn through 5T. Other needs include winter clothing for all ages, winter boots for all ages, athletic-style shoes for toddlers and children, gloves, winter hats and powdered baby formula.

All items collected via the drive will be sent to Fort McCoy via Team Rubicon. Individuals who would prefer to send items to families at Fort McCoy directly may do so via an Amazon wish list found at: