Refugee families arrive in Minnesota with very few belongings and limited financial resources. Welcome Kits help to ease the strain of resettlement by providing basic household items to newly arrived families. This means that families don’t have to expend their limited time and resources to attain these necessities. Perhaps most importantly of all, the gift of a welcome kit offers a message of welcome and hospitality to our newest neighbors.
As you consider donating to our new families, a good rule of thumb is to remember to donate items that are basic and useful.
Urgent Donation Needs:
Hygiene supplies (Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, children’s toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo)
Kitchen items (Gently used pots and pans, soup bowls, dishes, knives & can openers)
Cleaning supplies (Dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, waste basket, mop/broom, cleaning rags/sponges)
Winter items (New adult socks, hats, scarves, gloves and winter coats)
Twin & Full sheets and Blankets/Comforters !!!
Furniture (Dining room tables, chairs & dressers)
Furniture Needed for Refugee Families:
Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services has space to accept furniture donations! Families are in great need of dressers, sofas, dining room tables, dining room chairs and coffee tables. If you have any of these items to donate, please contact Joo Kim (contact information below).
We Can Accept:
Dining room tables
Dining room chairs
Set of drawers
Other (call before bringing them over)
We Cannot Accept:
Beds or bed frames
Anything ripped or torn, soiled, dirty or smelly
Incomplete sets (i.e. lamp without shade, couch without cushions, etc)
Anything that belongs outdoors (lawn furniture, gardening supplies, mowers, etc.)
Anything that requires special expertise to use (unicycle, lefse-making supplies, etc.)
Appliances (TVs, microwaves, dehydrators, toasters, etc.), unless specifically requested.
Computers, unless specifically requested
Tupperware without lids
All non-furniture items can be delivered, during normal business hours, to the MN Church Center:
122 W Franklin Ave Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN.
When you come in to donate items at the center, please take time to fill out a Donation Form; someone from the office will have one on them.
For furniture donation arrangements or donation-related questions, please contact:
Joo Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.230.3219.
All donations need to be delivered as Refugee Services has no ability to pick up items.
Learn about other donation opportunities at the Minnesota Council of Churches.