New Record for Neighbor's Place

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Va Thao Xiong and her husband will be taking in nine of her family members from a Buddhist temple in Thailand in the next couple of months.

The suddenly burgeoning family will not be easy too handle, but they will be a easier to house, thanks to a food drive at the Neighbor's Place in Wausau last weekend.

"Neighbor's Place helped me, my family's very happy," said Xiong.

The Neighbor's Place warehouse is packed with TVs, washers and dryers, beds and other furniture, and all of it is thanks to the generosity of people living right here in central Wisconsin.

The support is one of the reasons why the Wausau Hmong Association's Peter Yang says central Wisconsin is a great place for refugees to end up.

"I've talked to a number of Hmong organizations across the state and even outside of the state, and we are ahead of most people," said Peter Yang of the Wausau Hmong Association.

Even with the donations from last weekend, Yang says with hundreds of refugees on their way over the next six months, there is still a need for food and supplies and is urging anyone who can to help out with a donation of their own.

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