Donation Needs

  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.


View our comprehensive list of needed donation items here!

Urgent Donation Needs:

Winter coats, hats, and mittens
Pots and Pans in good condition
Cooking knives and cutting boards
Twin & Full sheets and Blankets/Comforters
School Supplies (click here for a list)

We Cannot Accept:
Furniture or beds
Anything ripped or torn, soiled, dirty or smelly
Incomplete sets (i.e. lamp without shade)
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.
Tupperware without lids
Head/foot boards

Donation Instructions:
We welcome your delivery of donations M-F between the hours of 9 am-4:30 pm.  If you have just one box or bag that you can independently carry, there is a donation bin in our lobby and the front reception desk will assist you.  If you have more items, please come in to the building and alert the front reception desk. They will direct you to the unloading area where a staff will greet you to assist. If you plan to bring a very large donation, it may be best to call ahead and arrange a drop-off time, so we can ensure staff are available to assist you. These arrangements can be made with Melody at 612-230-3219.
All donations need to be delivered as Refugee Services has no ability to pick up items.

Special Instructions for Winter Outerwear Donations:
Please keep these guidelines in mind as you make your donation of WINTER OUTERWEAR to refugees through MCC Refugee Services.
We GLADLY and GRATEFULLY accept the following:
- Warm WINTER coats–coats that will keep you warm in MN January blizzard!
- Pairs of clean mittens and gloves
- Pairs of functional WINTER boots–boots that will keep your feet warm and dry in a MN January blizzard!
- New socks

We respectfully CANNOT accept the following due to limited storage space:
- XL and larger outerwater (the vast majority of newly arriving refugees are smaller in stature)
- Clothing (sweaters/pants/shirts)
- Shoes/fashion boots
- Hoodies/sweatshirts
- Light/fall/spring coats
- Dress coats/long overcoats
- Dirty coats
- Coats with rips/broken zippers/missing buttons
- Single mittens/gloves 

If you have GENERAL WINTER (or any season) CLOTHING items you wish to donate, please consider donating those to one of our partnering agencies: These are places we partner with to ensure our refugee clients have adequate clothing for all seasons. They are equipped to accept, sort, store and distribute your generous donations of clothing to our refugee clients, as well as many other community  members in need of clothing.

Furniture Donations:
MCC Refugee Services is no longer accepting donations of furniture. Please direct furniture donations to:

Bridging (2 locations)

1633 Terrace Drive
Roseville, MN 55113

201 W 87th Street
Bloomington, MN 55420


Steeple People

2004 Lyndale  Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

We utilize the services of BOTH of these great organizations on a very regular basis, so any of your donations could very well end up in the home of an arriving refugee!  Please consult their websites for lists of accepted items.

Learn about other donation opportunities at the Minnesota Council of Churches.

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