Afghan Allies in Wisconsin

Afghan Donations - Update, October 13, 2021

 


Greetings Trinity family. The need for donations continues.

 

Currently the Afghan guests need new and freshly laundered warm infant, toddler,
and children’s clothing
.

 

Also coloring books (no crayons or markers).


Women need nail kits, nail polish and eye liner.


Donated items may be dropped off at Trinity and we will make sure they
are delivered to Fort McCoy.


Team Rubicon will continue to accept clothing items and personal hygiene
items until the end of October.

 

he Sparta Armory drop off site is open
every day from 9:00 – 4:00.

In the future, the regional Salvation Army at 223 North 8th Street, La Crosse, will be the drop off site.


In addition to donated items, there has been an outpouring of monetary
donations. These funds, designated through Trinity, will be forwarded to
Lutheran Social Services of Wi & Upper MI for resettlement of the families.
For more information and ways to help check out the websites listed.


resettlementsupport@teamrubiconusa.org Team Rubicon


https://cclse.org Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse


www.lsswis.org/service/refugee-resstlement/refugee-resettlement Lutheran Social Services


A huge thank you for all the items that have been donated to assist the
Afghan community at Fort McCoy. Your generosity has been amazing.
We praise God for your continued support of our Afghan Allies.
“God’s Love – Our Hearts - God’s Work - Our Hands” 

Afghan Resettlement Donations


The needs of our Afghan allies continue.


Current URGENT NEEDS –SHOES (all sizes) BRAS and UNDERWEAR


Here are the organizations that have access to Fort McCoy and are getting the supplies directly to them

Team Rubicon is accepting new and gently used, freshly laundered, clothing that is weather appropriate.


Team Rubicon https://rollcall.teamrubiconusa.org/Team-Rubicons-Afghan-Resettlement-Support-and-Needs.pdf


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse website www.cclse.org 


Ways to Contribute


Drop off items at Trinity M-F between 9:00-2:00 and we will deliver them to Team Rubicon at the National Guard Armory in Sparta.


You may also deliver donations directly to the Armory 602 E. Division St Sparta, between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. seven days a week.


Monetary donations may be dropped off at Trinity. Please designate Afghan Relief.

Donate directly to:

LIR – Lutheran Immigration and Relief Services www.lirs.org

Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of La Crosse www.cclse.org

Red Cross www.redcross.org/local/wisconsin.html

Lutheran Social Services have committed to support 100 individuals at this time but are open to supporting more with more community support. These families/individuals will be settled within a 100 mile radius of LSS in Milwaukee. They estimate that it will take around 6-8 or more months for all the paperwork to go through before they will be able to hold jobs. This also is keeping them from many of the resources refugees would normal obtain through the government.


One of LSS's biggest needs right now are co-sponsorships. This would be congregations or groups willing to sponsor a family during this in-between time (6-8+ months). The biggest need would be to help them make rent payments above and beyond what LSS can provide and other needs that come up along the way. LSS will provide training for this if congregations are interested.


Otherwise LSS continues to need money. You can donate online LSS.WIS or Text LSSREFUGEE to 41444 .


Please reach out to Sara Halstead at LSS if you're interested in helping out. Sarah.Halstead@lsswis.org


*Calling all Trinity Yarn Benders.
Since there will probably be Afghan refugees at Ft. McCoy well into the winter months, there will be a need for sweaters (infant and child), hats of all sizes and scarves. If you knit or crochet and would like to help but need patterns or yarn, please call me at 608-498-0668 or call church and I will get back to you. Carol Glaman
Thank you!


Thank you for your generous donations and continued support

 

 

Dear Trinity,

God’s love and peace be with all of you today and always. I thank God for each and every one of you today. And I thank God for all the people who have been reaching out to me wondering what we can do to help our Afghan allies who are at Ft. McCoy.

I thought I would provide a snapshot of what we know at this point, and some ways in which we can help.

Here's what we know:

• As of 8/25 1,300 Special Immigrants had arrived at Ft. McCoy. It is expected that 13 – 17,000 people will move through Ft. McCoy in the next few months. Their expected stay will be 31-45 days. We don’t know where these folks will be settled, but it does sound like a number could end up in Milwaukee. Not sure about any local placements yet.

• The mosques in Winona and La Crosse are the primary resources for responding to the spiritual needs of our guests. If anyone would like to donate to the local mosque to help support their work checks can be sent to: Othman bin Affan Mosque, PO Box 275, Onalaska WI 54650.

• The Red Cross is on the ground at Ft. McCoy. To support their work we can contribute to Red Cross: 2927 Losey Blvd, La Crosse WI 54601

• Catholic Charities is on the ground at Ft. McCoy. They have an active list of items they need to support families. The list is fluid. To see the needs and how to contribute to them go to www.cclse.org and look for Afghanistan Refugee Assistance. More information about financial support to them can be found at that website.

• Our La Crosse Area Synod Church in Society Committee will coordinate efforts for our congregations first by encouraging people to support the above local efforts. There is a large regional collection of people supporting this work.

• On a national level, we encourage support of Lutheran Refugee and Immigration and Refugee Service. They are on the ground at two other Forts in the U.S. working with our Special Immigrants. See what you can do by going to www.lirs.org

• Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin is also helping in a number of ways. Here is some information from LSS:

• As we wait to learn more, the best way to help is to financially support organizations like LSS and LIRS by donating to provide expert services, and temporary housing.

• Online: www.lsswis.org/donate

• Mail: Make checks payable to Lutheran Social Services – Refugee and send to P.O. Box 88868, Milwaukee, WI, 53288.

• Mobile phone: Text LSSREFUGEE to 41444.

• Share in-Kind donations or participate in volunteer opportunities by contacting Sarah.Halstead@lsswis.org.

Needed items include: utensils, dishware, linens, cleaning supplies, gift cards for major retailers, cell phones and SIM cards, laptops in working condition, diapers, backpacks, school supplies, Twin sheet sets, Queen sheet sets, Bath towels, hand towels, face cloths

Shower curtain, curtain rings, and rod, Kitchen towels, Box sets of pots and pans,

place setting (plate, bowl & cup), Can openers, Fork spoon knife sets,

1 set of kitchen utensils: (such as a spatula, wooden spoon, large knife, small knife, serving utensils, etc.)

If you would like to help coordinate our efforts here at Trinity, please let me know.

Last week, I attended a webinar hosted by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. One phrase kept coming up; that our response in helping our allies from Afghanistan will be a ‘long welcome.’ The needs of our friends are not only immediate, but will last for a while and our opportunities to help will not go away.

Let us pray . . .

God our Father, you call us to show hospitality to strangers. Guard the Afghan translators and helpers who worked with the US military and are now in danger. Be with those who grieve the death of loved ones. Help us welcome and care for the refugees at Ft. Mc Coy. We pray this in the name of Jesus, who calls us to love in his name. Amen.

Pastor Mark