Local group holds coat and food drive for refugees

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – In the midst of a refugee controversy, a local group stood up in support of refugees.

The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance held a Thanksgiving food and coat drive in front of the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday evening.

The drive was created in response to Governor Mike Pence’s announcement that the state would pause the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Event organizers said that regardless of ethnicity, refugees need more than an new home. They also need help adjusting.

“People who want to volunteer to teach English or to mentor these refugees is also needed,” said Karla Lopez-Owens of the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance.

Lopez-Owens also said refugees often need help adjusting and learning everyday things such as how to ride the bus or going to the grocery store.

Anyone looking to find out more about the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance can visit the group’s Facebook page.

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