Updated: Jan 14, 2022
Four Afghan refugees - now students at Georgia State University - join the successful effort to organize the donations.
On Saturday, Jan. 8, volunteers spent long hours at AAAGA storage lockers in Decatur, sorting donations of clothing and furniture. The floor-to-ceiling bins of clothing included everything from bibs for infants to shoes for teenagers to scarves for grandmothers.
Sandra Maffey, the chief organizer of that day's clothing operation, said sorting donations into bins – labeled by size, age and gender – greatly advances AAAGA’s mission. The bins turn a tangle of clothing into useful outfits for refugees.
Volunteers, who later will make home visits to distribute items to Afghan families, “really appreciate the sorting,” Maffey said. “The volunteers can come in and they can find the infant clothes; they can find the toddlers clothes; they can find the coats – all very easily,” she said.
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On a chilly Saturday morning, volunteers meet at the storage locker to pull out bulging boxes and bags of donated clothes and shoes. Their goal is to sort the items by size, age and gender.