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Donations Urgently Needed: New Refugee Families Arriving in July

By July 1, 2024No Comments

Update: We are no longer holding open donation hours on site. To coordinate your drop offs please contact our Donations Coordinator Cara at: or call (716)883-1900 extension 329.

In July, we expect to resettle five families including a Burmese family of five who’ve been waiting for resettlement in a Thailand refugee camp since 1999. The mother is a housewife and the father worked in agriculture. All three of the children were born in the refugee camp, meaning that Buffalo is the first place in which they can feel a real sense of belonging; children born in Thailand camps are not given citizenship.

Basic household items from bed linens and umbrellas to toilet paper and cookware significantly help our newest American neighbors as they begin their new lives in Western New York.

While we are unable to accept clothing donations, the following household goods are urgently needed:

  • Twin Bedding Sets ( Pillow, Sheets, Comforter) MUST BE NEW
  • Full Bedding Sets (2 Pillows, Sheets Comforter) MUST BE NEW
  • Toilet Paper
  • 13 Gallon Trash Cans and Bags
  • Insect Killer
  • Throw Blankets MUST BE NEW
  • Pots/Pans/baking dishes (new or gently used)
  • Large Fans
  • Dinner Bowls
  • Shampoo
  • Umbrellas
  • Plates, bowls, drinking glasses, utensils, coffee mugs/tea cups (new or gently used)
  • Plastic Cutting Boards
  • Cutting Knives
  • Bath Towels
  • Shower Curtains and Hooks
  • Dish Drying Racks
  • Multipurpose cleaning supplies
  • Car Seats for Children
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Mop and Bucket
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Menstrual Pads (no tampons)
  • Sponges
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Cooking and Serving Utensils
  • Roach and Insect Killer

Other basic, household items in need

  • Can openers
  • Tea kettles
  • Packs of clothes hangers
  • Light bulbs (60 watt)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Mops/brooms or swiffer with wet and dry cloths
  • Toilet brushes
  • Plungers
  • Thermometers
  • Sponges
  • Microwaves
  • Box fans/floor fans
  • Rice cookers
  • Age Appropriate Toys for All Children (especially NEW stuffed animals, no toy guns please)
  • New reusable water bottles (for job club)
  • Lunchboxes (for our job club)

The quickest and easiest way for you to help, is to click on AmazonTarget, or Walmart.

For more information and to coordinate your drop off, contact our donations coordinate Cara at: