Here’s How You Can Help Afghan Refugees in New Mexico


New Mexico has welcomed many Afghan refugees who are in need of assistance. Men, women, and children have fled their country most with little to no belongings. The images and videos released still haunt me. I have an overwhelming desire to help. As a mother, I cannot begin to imagine the terror that some may be feeling– the uncertainty of their needs being met and having what they need to start over in a new country. Many of us are wondering how we can help.

At this time of year, I begin to make the switch from summer clothes to fall and winter clothes. I clean out our closets and sort through cabinets and dressers. If you do the same, instead of donating to the closest thrift shop, consider donating to one of the listed donation centers for the Afghan refugees. Thankfully, some of the centers have reached capacity, so I would suggest calling or checking out their website for updates.

Below is a list of local resources here in New Mexico. Click the link to visit the website and learn more.

Holloman Spouses Organization (HSO)

A philanthropic organization associated with Holloman Air Force Base that runs the Holloman Thrift Store. Connect via Facebook or by phone at (575) 572-0254.

Catholic Charities of New Mexico

Lutheran Family Services

Accepting monetary donations as well as gently used laptops and smartphones. This organization offers extensive services to assist refugees and asylees and has many volunteer opportunities for tutors, cultural mentors, and more.

How to Help Afghan Refugees in New MexicoAlbuquerque Public Schools Refugee and Newcomer Supports Program

New Mexico Asian Family Center

UNM Refugee and Immigrant Well-Being Project

Islamic Center of New Mexico

Also, this post by Oklahoma City Mom has many ideas about how we can help the Afghan community as well as some national organizations that assist refugees.

We hope this list will help you get involved if you are looking for ways to help the Afghan refugees settle into a new life in our country. Contact these organizations for more details on how you can help!

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