About 1,000 Afghan refugees are expected to arrive in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in a matter of days.
The Associated Press reports that about 900 refugees will resettle in Massachusetts, and another 100 up north in New Hampshire. This is among the roughly 37,000 arriving in the U.S.
All arrivals will be vetted by homeland security and everyone 12 years old and over will get vaccinated against COVID-19.
But once they arrive, they'll need help. The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has set up a new Afghan Resettlement Fund to help with housing, transportation and food costs.
Lowell is among several communities in New England preparing for an influx in refugees after thousands were airlifted out of Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal of its military presence.
Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts is ready and willing to help.
To donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund organized by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, click here.