Camp Atterbury officials ask for winter clothing for Afghan refugees


As the cold weather approaches, officials at Camp Atterbury ask Hoosiers to consider donating winter clothing to the Afghan evacuees.

The Johnson County base is home to more than 6,600 Afghan evacuees awaiting permanent relocation to the United States. Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization focused on disaster response, manages donations at Camp Atterbury. The main need now is new winter clothing, including sweaters, hats and gloves, especially for young children, according to Team Rubicon’s Tyler Smith.

Priority is given to young children and infants, but adults also need warm clothing, Smith said. Traditional clothing, especially white hijabs and shawls, is in high demand, as are children’s books and educational items.

About 40% of the population is under the age of 14, according to a recent media update. 58% of the camp population are men and 42% are women. At least 10 babies have been born there since the camp began accepting evacuees in September.

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The Rubicon team has more information online on how to donate.

Donations are also accepted at the following Indiana National Guard Armories, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Indianapolis: Kessler-Moore Readiness Center, 2625 W. Kessler Blvd. Northern route
  • Evansville: 3300 E. Division Street.
  • Greenfield: 410 Apple Street.
  • Rockville: 224 W. Strawberry Road.
  • Danville: 1245 E. Rue Principale.
  • Muncie: 401 N. Country Club Road.
  • Fort Wayne: 130 W. Cook Road.
  • South curve: 1901, avenue Kemble.
  • New Albany: 2909 Grant Line Road.

Any organization or business looking to make a large donation that cannot deliver to a designated site should contact the Indiana Department of Homeland Security at [email protected]

Contact Rashika Jaipuriar at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @rashikajpr.


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