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, useful, and in good condition.
**Important Update Regarding Donations:**
An executive order suspending refugee resettlement at the beginning of 2017 and subsequent legal challenges have created uncertainty and affected arrivals this year. Because of the generosity of so many donors, our donation space is well-stocked with most of the items we need to welcome new arrivals at this time. We will post about specific needs as they arise, but we are otherwise unable to accept most items at this time. If you have questions or would like to donate specific items, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your understanding and generosity!
We Cannot Accept:
Ripped or torn, soiled, dirty or smelly items
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
Children’s coats or winter accessories (adult small and medium coats are still being accepted)
***NEW*** Donation Instructions:
We are so grateful to be part of a community as generous as the Twin Cities. You all have filled our donations rooms to overflowing. As a result, we’ve had to make a few changes to our donations policy.
If you have just an armful—-just enough to carry in to our office in your arms in one trip-—we are happy to receive your donation at our front desk, T-F 9:30am-4:30pm.
If you have more than an armful—-if you would have to go back to your car to get a second load (or more)-—we ask that you call ahead to make an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled for Tuesday-Friday 9am-4:30pm and depend on staff availability. When you deliver a large donation to MCC a staff member will greet you and assist in unloading the donation. They will provide a form for you to fill out, if you choose, in order to receive a tax receipt mailed to you.
We ask that an itemized list of donated items accompany your donation. Because refugee resettlement is a partnership between governmental and private agencies, we are required to report private contributions and volunteer time. Your assistance with this will allow us to accurately show our funders and partners just how important volunteer contributions are to the successful resettlement of refugees in Minnesota.
Call us at 612-874-8605 or email RSVolunteers@mnchurches.org to schedule your appointment.
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.