The CCE Hosts a Clothing Drive

750 bags worth of clothing donated for Afghan Refugees

~Evelyn Davidson, News Editor~

Last month, Christopher Newport University’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) hosted a campus-wide clothing drive in order to help the Afghan refugees in Virginia. Refugees will be staying in resettlement barracks for close to a year before they are relocated, so they will especially need clothing to help them through the colder months. Collection bins were placed all over campus, in academic buildings and residence halls, so that students could easily drop off any of their lightly used clothing or shoes.

 In under a week, the CNU community donated 750 bags worth of clothing for Afghan refugees. After collecting the clothing, 150 volunteers, including students, faculty, staff, and community members, organized and catalogued all the donations in order to prepare them for delivery. Then, the donations were transferred two hours away to Ft. Pickett where 10,000 refugees are being temporarily housed. 

Dr. Brooke Covington, the Academic Director for the CCE stated, “The clothing drive was truly a massive success—far beyond what we expected. In less than a week, we received over 700 bags of clothing, toys, feminine hygiene products, and diapers from across CNU and our local community. It really speaks to what we can accomplish when we work together with capable hands and open hearts.”

With the overwhelming amount of donations, the clothing drive proved to be so successful that the CCE cannot manage any more donations for the time being. However, there are still other ways to help such an important cause. For members of the CNU community who would like more information about the refugee experience or who want to continue supporting Afghan refugees, they can contact the CCE at to learn how to volunteer for Commonwealth Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services or Hampton Roads Refugee Relief. 

Links to both organizations:,

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