Madison College and Ho-Chunk Nation team up for refugee donation campaign

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MADISON (WKOW) – Madison College and the Ho-Chunk Nation are teaming up to collect personal items for Afghan refugees staying at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin.

The college is hosting a drive-thru donation event on Friday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the health and technology building on the college’s Truax campus. Donated items can also be dropped off at any Madison College campus until September 17.

Items needed include clothing and shoes of all sizes, personal hygiene items, backpacks and luggage, and baby items. All items must be in new condition.

Organizers say they wanted to help families because they know what it means to be displaced.

“Right now it’s the Afghan community, but at one point it was the Hmong community. And many years ago, many Indigenous communities had been displaced from their homes, ”said Madison College Community Engagement Coordinator Nicole Soulier. “They have personal experience knowing this, so they stepped forward to help and come together.”

You can make donations on several sites:

  • MADISON
    • Commercial Ave. Campus – 2125 Commercial Ave. (Reception desk)
    • Goodman South Campus – 2429 Perry St. (Reception desk)
    • Truax Campus – 1701, rue Wright (room C1430)
  • IS
    • Fort Atkinson Campus – 827 Banker Road. (Reception desk)
    • Watertown Campus – 1300 W. Main St. (Reception desk)
  • NORTH
    • Portage Campus – 330 W. Collins St. (Reception desk)
    • Reedsburg Campus – 300 Alexander Ave. (Welcome Desk)

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