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Gov. Evers announces donation opportunities to help Afghan families

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Investigation requested into any mistreatment at Fort McCoy

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 during a Democratic Party bus tour that stopped outside the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Evers says Republican concerns over the screening process for thousands of Afghan refugees who stood side by side with Americans and are now being processed through Fort McCoy are unfounded “dog whistle crap.” (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Gov. Tony Evers today announced opportunities for people hoping to provide essential items to Afghan people and families currently staying at Fort McCoy.

The effort is coordinated by the Evers Administration through Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. 

“Wisconsinites have a proud tradition of rolling up our sleeves to help our neighbors when times are tough, and since learning folks leaving Afghanistan would be coming through Wisconsin, Wisconsinites have been asking what they can do to help,” said Evers. “I want to thank the organizations and partners who are stepping up to offer their support and for helping to ensure Wisconsinites know how they can best help and donate to these efforts as they’re able.”

Many of the individuals and families currently residing at Fort McCoy were unable to bring luggage or personal items, resulting in significant demand for necessities. The state is working closely with Team Rubicon and Catholic Charities agencies in Wisconsin, which are collecting and distributing supplies.

To ensure health and safety of individuals and families at Fort McCoy, groups prefer new items, which can also help ensure expedited processing. Clean, new clothing and footwear are among items that are of the highest priority and need at this time.

Catholic Charities of La Crosse has already been actively working to collect donations of new items and has set up multiple ways for people to provide supplies by simply shopping online. You can find a full list of the items needed, along with links to online shopping lists through major retailers, here. Catholic Charities is also committed to using monetary donations for items in need at Fort McCoy and refugee resettlement in the Wisconsin communities.

Businesses and other groups with large quantities of new clothing, footwear and other items to donate can contact Team Rubicon at or use the online form available here. Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, is working to establish a collection system for these larger donations to ensure they can be properly distributed to those staying at Fort McCoy. More information on Team Rubicon's current donation needs is available here.

The state plans to open more locations in the coming weeks. Individuals who are not near a location can  support local relief efforts by making a monetary donation directly to Catholic Charities of La Crosse at Additionally, individuals can support efforts across the nation by donating to the American Red Cross at

The Department of Children and Families website will be updated as new donation locations and organizations are identified. You can find the current list of organizations here. Citizens are encouraged to research any organization not provided on DCF's list prior to making a monetary or supply donation to ensure the organization is legitimate and donations are being used appropriately.

To learn more about Wisconsin's role in the refugee resettlement program and process, visit:


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