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:
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
Donations 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 fill out a Donation Form.
All donations need to be delivered as Refugee Services has no ability to pick up items.
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
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.