Members of the Vernon County Democratic and Republican parties who gathered in November to collect clothing and personal items for refugees staying at Fort. McCoy says they have met the immediate needs of this population and are no longer collecting items. The group says the campaign was a success and they were able to collect more than 12 pallets of materials that went to the base over the past month.
The group organized local businesses, churches, civic organizations, and nonprofits to collect the items, and then shipped the materials to Fort. Mc Coy where they were distributed by the non-profit organization Save Our Allies. The materials included clothing, personal care items, educational materials, sets of sewing supplies, books and suitcases.
Initially, there were around 13,000 refugees in Fort. Placement pending for McCoy. It’s unclear how much remains at the base, but the group says the placement of the refugees in permanent homes has gone faster than expected, reducing the need to continue collecting materials.
The groups said the influx of support from individuals and businesses exceeded their expectations and they were able to put together a large amount of material in a very short period of time. The group said several companies in particular have stepped up to provide essential items and services. Southwest Sanitation in Viroqua provided large bins to collect and transport the materials. Nelson Agri-Center provided a truck and driver to transport the materials to the base. Proline Printing provided poster printing. Cashton Farm Supply donated the pallets and sylerstudio provided the graphic design.
Civic organizations have helped set up collection points and collect materials, including Viroqua Rotary and Viroqua Lions. A number of businesses and organizations collected materials including Nelson Agri-Center, Sleepy Hollow Chevrolet, Southwest Sanitation, Cashton Farm Supply, County Seat Laundry, Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital Hillsboro, Quillin’s Market, Vernon Memorial Hospital, CouleeCap, Viroqua Area Schools and Westby Schools in the area.
The group said any remaining materials collected will be distributed to local nonprofits and other outlets to help those in need.
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