Clothing drive supports Afghan refugees Plainfield partners with Islamic Society of North America for collection

By Peg McRoy Glover

Afghan refugees at Camp Atterbury, many of whom recently left Afghanistan with nothing but the clothes on their back, need winter clothing and personal products as they begin to acclimate to winter in their new country. 

The Town of Plainfield, in partnership with the Islamic Society of North America, is conducting a collection drive. 

“As a community of values, we’ve always had an overwhelming response to community coat and canned good drives,” said Stephanie Singh, director of communications and marketing for Plainfield. “This year, our neighbors at the Islamic Society of North America expressed their need for the community’s support in providing warm weather clothing and hygiene products for the Afghan refugees housed at Camp Atterbury.”

Winter items are greatly needed as many of these refugees have never experienced a winter. Items requested include children’s winter clothing sizes infant to 15 years old. All ages are in need of winter coats and jackets, closed toed shoes, socks, gloves and hats.

Personal hygiene products needed are body lotions, shampoos, hair oils, hairbrushes, headbands, hair ties and petroleum jelly. 

“There is no better way to show support for our neighbors in need at such a critical time in their lives,” said Singh. “Let’s lend them a hand by donating to this collection drive and show them that we are all in this together.”

Plainfield collection centers are set up until Nov. 19 at the Plainfield Municipal Building, 206 W. Main St., and the Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center, 651 W. Vestal Road.

Online financial donations to the Muslim Alliance of Indiana can be given through their PayPal account at

A clothing and personal item drive in Plainfield will help Afghan natives who recently fled their country due to unrest and are housed at Camp Atterbury. (Photo provided by the Town of Plainfield)