Muslim Center of Greater Princeton hosts clothing and supply drive for Afghan refugees arriving at Fort Dix

More than 1,200 refugees from Afghanistan arrived at the New Jersey Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst this week with only the clothes on their backs. Over the next week or so, another 24,000 refugees are expected to arrive at the base.

The Muslim Center of Greater Princeton in Princeton Junction has started a clothing and supply drive to help the refugees.

According to the Red Cross, the first wave of refugees included many women, children, and babies. Pastors and others helping with relief efforts report that there is an immediate need for diapers and women’s underwear of all sizes, modest clothing, t-shirts, blankets, shoes, feminine hygiene supplies, wipes, baby food, lotion, towels, and other new items.

Items will be collected at the Muslim Center of Greater Princeton until Sept. 6 and delivered to Fort Dix. You can drop off new items at the center, which is located at 2030 Old Trenton Road in Princeton Junction. Note: Do not donate glass items, tampons, or pillows.


  1. Good morning, for things like blankets and clothing, are only “new” being requested/taken?

  2. Is it possible to order these things online and have them delivered to the center’s address?

  3. We just dropped off some of the requested items. There was another person right behind us doing the same thing. Thank you for publishing this story.

  4. We have multiple suit cases of clothing, men and women’s, and shoes. Very little of it is new but everything is in excellent condition. Any suggestion where we can deliver these items.

  5. Be mindful of which Center this is. I assumed it was the one on Route 1 by Promenade Blvd. I realized my error before arriving but decided to see if they were taking donations and was fortunate to arrive when a very friendly woman was bringing items in to their food pantry. She graciously accepted what I had (clothes and some baby items) . All good:)

  6. Thank you for posting this story! I spoke with someone at the Muslim center who said used items were OK, as long as they are in very good condition.

  7. May I know why you won’t take gently used clothing? From an environmental POV, it’s the best thing to do. Plus you will get more items.

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