A local BU student is working to make a difference in the lives of refugees.
Newark Valley native Justine Lewis is involved with the University’s community research and action program with a focus on refugee resettlement.
Through the program, Lewis has an internship with a company in Maryland that works to resettle legal refugees.
She says they’re in great need so she has started collecting donations of everyday items in her home community to bring back for the refugees.
Lewis says it’s a rewarding experience to help families get settled into their new home.
“The families come with barely anything from some of these countries. They don’t have things that we take for granted like diapers for their kids. They’re expensive items but can really change these peoples lives. So these items are going to go straight back to the families and really make a huge difference,” said Lewis.
Those looking to contribute can donate things such as diapers, sizes newborn through toddler two, non-perishable food, and school supplies.
The items can be dropped off at RVSA Advertising at 236 Main Street in Binghamton Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Donations will be collected through August.
For more information, go to ecdcus.org.