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Support Afghan Refugees

Fort Dix will be hosting up to a thousand Afghan refugees and has reached out to area churches for donations and support. In partnership with The Presbytery For Southern New Jersey and Bordentown Presbyterian Church, we’re collecting needed items that we’ll be bringing up on Sunday, September 12th. We are collecting everything from toys to toiletries to phone chargers, so please bring your donations by the church and drop them in the box in the Narthex.

Here’s the latest list and information from First Pres. Bordentown. We’ll be taking a trip up on September 12th, so make sure to get everything in by then!

Here are the ways to participate:

  • Purchase needed items (see lists below and subject to change over time) and delivering them to the locations identified in the schedule below at any of the dates and times listed there.  Please do not leave items at other times as they would thus face an uncertain future!
  • Make a financial donation, which may be made in either of two ways:
  • Write a check to “First Presbyterian Church-Bordentown” entering “Afghan Refugees” in the memo line, and either mailing it in (435 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ  08505-2004) or dropping it in the mail slot of the Church Office at that address.
  • Make a donation online via our website, http://www.bordentownpresbyterian.org/.  Click on the “Give Now” button in the upper, right-hand corner of the home page and scroll down to “Afghan Refugee Fund.”  If  encounter any problems, send an e-mail to robertjoelee@aol.com and I’ll provide detailed, step-by-step guidance in a pdf.  We will use 100% of every donation to purchase items from the list provided by the Joint Base.

These items are urgently needed as of 9/7/2021:

  • ·  Strollers
  • ·      Car seats
  • ·      Crocs for kids
  • ·      Tylenol for infants, children, and adults
  • ·      Advil
  • ·      Cepacol lozenges
  • ·      Creams and ointments

Here’s the list of items identified as immediate needs:

  • Traditional Bras (New-All sizes)
  • Underwear (New-All sizes–men, women and kids)
  • Kids clothing (All sizes)
  • Shoes (All-All Sizes)
  • Onesies
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Antibacterial Hand Soap
  • Towels 

The items below have been designated continual needs:

  • Clothing (clean & serviceable):  Men & women: L & M
  • T-shirts & pants
  • Sleepwear for all ages (e.g., pajamas, nightgowns)
  • Toiletries (soap/toothpaste/toothbrush/shampoo)
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products (pads not tampons)
  • Baby formula
  • Phone chargers (lighting, micro usb, usb-c)
  • Gatorade
  • Kids Toys

Here’s the schedule for dropping off donations (please wear a mask):

DATESTART/END TIMEBORDENTOWN LOCATION
Wednesday, September 86:00-7:00420 Farnsworth Avenue
Thursday, September 911:00-2:00435 Farnsworth Avenue
Saturday, September 1110:00-11:00420 Farnsworth Avenue
Sunday, September 129:00-10:25420 Farnsworth Avenue
Sunday, September 1211:30-1:00420 Farnsworth  Avenue
Tuesday, September 1411:00-2:00435 Farnsworth  Avenue
Tuesday, September 145:30-6:30420 Farnsworth Avenue
Thursday, September 1611:00-2:00435 Farnsworth Avenue
Saturday, September 182:00-3:00420 Farnsworth Avenue
Other dates and times will be scheduled after September 18

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Do the women wear short sleeves or long sleeves?  A.  Mostly long sleeves, but some wear short sleeves.

Q.  Do all the clothes need to be brand new, or can they be used?  A.  Except for the items specified as having to be new, clothes and shoes can be used as long as they are lightly used and in good condition (no stains, rips, etc.).

Q.   With respect to underwear, do the men prefer briefs or boxers?  A.  They’ve been accepting both.

Q.  How many Afghan refugees are at the joint base?  A.  Specific figures have not been released, but the number is in the thousands.

Q.  What’s the ratio of men to women and to children.  A.  Specific figures are not available, but the majority are women and children.

Q.  What’s happening at the Joint Base?  A.  Check out theseFacebook posts:  https://www.facebook.com/JointBaseMcGuireDixLakehurst/videos/365910755031035https://www.facebook.com/USAFEC/photos/a.652152231492952/6590915910949858/, and https://www.jbmdl.jb.mil/News/Article/2763629/task-force-liberty-faqs/fbclid/IwAR1f_XZ1J9Ifu-JQ9R4S5U36IN0EpfvFSnufE-sc9EKcLJ7CH3YVif2xYUU/.

Q.  How long will they be at the joint base?  A.  No one really knows, but it’s expected to be a transition point from which they will find homes around the country.  Some sources state it could be as long a a year.

Q.  What do we know about the new state Task Force on Afghan Refugee Assistance?  A.  See the press release and copy of the governor’s executive order, available at https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562021/20210827c.shtml.  No information yet on how the task force will operate.

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to let me know.