INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Friday a collection system to gather donations from Hoosiers to the thousands of Afghan evacuees temporarily housed at Camp Atterbury.
Several state agencies will collaborate to receive, sort and deliver the needed items, according to a news release.
“Hoosiers have overwhelmingly responded to the needs of the Afghan evacuees and asked to help these men, women, children and families as they arrive in the United States,” Holcomb said. “We are proud to do our part in helping those who have helped the United States and provide an organized collection effort to expedite getting the supplies to those who need them.”
Nine Indiana National Guard armories will serve as collection sites to drop off new items to help clothe and support the evacuees, one of which is in Rockville, Ind. Indiana Department of Correction and Indiana Department of Transportation personnel, with coordination from the State Emergency Operations Center and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, will sort the donations and deliver them to Camp Atterbury.
Only new items will be accepted at the drop-off sites from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Sept. 20 at the following National Guard armories:
- Evansville: 3300 E. Division St.
- Greenfield: 410 Apple St.
- Rockville: 224 W. Strawberry Road
- Danville: 1245 E. Main St.
- Muncie: 401 N. Country Club Road
- Indianapolis: Kessler-Moore Readiness Center, 2625 W. Kessler Blvd. North Drive
- Fort Wayne: 130 W. Cook Road
- South Bend: 1901 Kemble Ave.
- New Albany: 2909 Grant Line Road
The following items are being accepted at the armories and need to be in their original packaging:
- Men’s and women’s unbranded, modest clothes such as long sleeve t-shirts, underwear, pants and jackets in sizes small to large. No shorts or tank tops.
- Children`s clothing, including baby and newborn clothes, hats and socks
- Powdered baby formula
- Socks, hats, shoes and slide-on sandals for evacuees of all ages
Any organization or business seeking to make a large donation and cannot deliver to a designated site should contact IDHS at email@example.com. Hoosiers interested in making monetary donations can do so through Team Rubicon or the American Red Cross at the following links: Team Rubicon and Red Cross.