Hundreds of Afghan Special Immigrants at Fort Lee Army Base Receive Donated Clothing and Supplies
El Paso, TX – September 14, 2021 – Hunt Heroes Foundation (HHF), the non-profit organization founded by Hunt Military Communities (HMC), is donating clothing and needed supplies to support hundreds of Afghan refugees at Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia.
Afghan refugees arriving at Fort Lee are being housed until they receive their visas and are relocated to their new homes in the United States. Most are arriving with nothing more than the clothing on their backs, many with families of four to seven, including children and even newborn babies.
"These families had to drop everything to evacuate; they need clothing, hygiene supplies, baby formula, diapers, backpacks, and many more necessary items," stated Lynette Hegeman, HHF President. "Hunt Heroes Foundation is pleased to be able to support these individuals at a time when support is most needed."
The first arrival on July 30 included two hundred refugees; now, Fort Lee is housing over a thousand. Volunteers, including advanced individual training soldiers from the 262nd Quartermaster Battalion, have come together at Fort Lee to provide the Afghan immigrants three meals a day, medical screening, and even recreational facilities for the families and children.
"We are so grateful for the tremendous response of our community at Fort Lee for all they’re doing to help the Afghan refugees," said Senior Command Chaplain, Chaplain (COL) Thomas Allen. We will continue to support these efforts as more families arrive on base."
The first donation of clothes and supplies from HHF arrived at Fort Lee on September 7, 2021. These items have been collected and sorted by volunteers and then passed along for distribution to the Afghan families.