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Two women look through mounds of clothes during the Asian Pacific Development Center's clothing distribution for the Burmese and Karen communities on April 23 at the organization's building in Aurora. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)

 

APDC distributes clothes to refugee communities

Asian Pacific Development Center held fifth clothing distribution for local Burmese, Karen communities

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AURORA – The Asian Pacific Development Center held its fifth and final clothing distribution for the Burmese and Karen communities on April 23 at its building near 16th Avenue and Elmira Street.

 

For one day, APDC's rooms and hallways were filled with clothes, shoes and variety of household items as the groups – as well other refugees such as the Bhutanese, Nepalese and Somalians – arrived to pick up what they needed.

 

"We want to do this to help the Burmese and Karen communities who otherwise do not have enough clothing or housewares and stuff like that," said Ge Thao, program coordinator for APDC. "We're fortunate to get the communities to support and provide the clothes and everything to us so that we can then distribute to them."

 

The organization had collected items for the past month and a half, filling its community room with boxes and bags from various donaters. Volunteers came early in the morning to help sort the clothing.

 

"We're definitely thankful for the communities' responses," Thao said.

 

APDC CEO Christine Wanifuchi said the organization plans on holding a food donation drive that is tentatively scheduled for the fall.

 

For more information about the Asian Pacific Development Center, go to www.apdc.org.

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