Salvation Army of La Crosse accepting help for Afghan refugees

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The Salvation Army of La Crosse will now accept help for the Afghan evacuees staying at Fort McCoy.

“Many of these individuals came to Wisconsin with nothing but the clothes on their back,” said Benny Benedict, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. “So taking care of them is a top priority.”

The Salvation Army will accept not only monetary donations, but also new clothing, hygiene products and other specified items.

Major Alan Hellstrom said “We have heard the call and it is time to act by assisting the Afghan Refugees who have come to the United States seeking sanctuary. They come to us seeking a new beginning and we are here with open arms ready to provide assistance.”

Donations of items are accepted 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the 223 N. 8th Street location until Sept. 20. Monetary donations can be made online at or by mailing a check to The Salvation Army of La Crosse at 223 N 8th Street, La Crosse WI 54601. Please write “Afghan Refugees” on the memo line.

Afghan Evacuees Are Given Clothing Donations With Task Force Mccoy

An Afghan evacuee admires a piece of clothing covered with butterflies and trees at a donation facility run by U.S. Soldiers and civilians at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Sept. 7, 2021, as part of the Operation Allies Welcome effort. Clothing donations come from all around, including the local community, and are given to Afghan evacuees as many arrive with only one set of clothing. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rhianna Ballenger, 55th Signal Company)

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The state government has also set up a webpage for those who want to help.

Anyone who would like to help support refugees and in the global response to the crisis in Afghanistan should visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families “How Can I Help?” page, which is available here. 

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