Latter-day Saint Charities is continuing to provide care and supplies for thousands of refugees fleeing Afghanistan for new homes in the United States, Germany and Qatar, according to a news release issued Wednesday.
The aid comes following weeks of conflict and unrest in Afghanistan and the U.S. withdrawal of troops.
Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has distributed baby items, such as diapers, formula and toys, as well as personal hygiene materials, clothing, jackets and shoes to more than 5,000 Afghans being sheltered at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
The refugees are temporarily sheltered at the base in Germany for up to two weeks before they are transported to supportive countries.
Thousands of the refugees in Germany are expected to be sent to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, then distributed to communities throughout the country. Latter-day Saint Charities is collaborating with the U.S. military to supply urgently needed food, clothing, shoes, diapers and baby formula to the refugees heading to Fort McCoy.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has expressed the Beehive State’s willingness to accept Afghan refugees, although it remains to be seen if any will be sent to Utah.
Latter-day Saint Charities is also providing personal hygiene items, clothing, sandals and toys to refugees at an air base in Qatar, where local church members are distributing the items to individuals and families.