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Refugee Welcome Program

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

Local organizations helping the refugees say there's not time to waste. They need the community's help to provide the more than 400 refugees with basic life supplies, anything from furniture to appliances.

Businesses such as the United Way's First Call and the Hmong Association are organizing a community collection drive.

"Our community has the ability and interest in pulling together to really help these families establish themselves in our community and welcome them," says Joanne Kelly, executive director United Way.

You can donate items ranging from beds, to silverware, to cash. The items need to be donated in new to good condition and dropped off at the Neighbor's Place, 745 Scott Street in Wausau.

There will be an organized pick up for large donated items June 4 and 5. To donate large items, or to volunteer, call the United Way at 1-800-922-5590.

By calling, they'll also be able to tell you exactly what items they're collecting.


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