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.