International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Goods We Need for Refugees


The IRC in Atlanta is committed to bringing our refugee clients from harm to home.  As a part of that commitment, we provide them with necessities – such as clothing and household items – they will need to start rebuilding their lives in Georgia.  To do this, the IRC relies on donated items from community partners that are passed into the hands of our clients free of charge either through our Resettlement Shop or as part of an initial apartment setup.

Refugee clients in the Resettlement Shop
Photo: Vanessa Hayward


Below is a list of items that are always in demand as we strive to meet the needs of our refugee clients.  Those that are in highest demand are marked in bold.  Donations can be made by bringing items to the IRC in Atlanta office at 2305 Parklake Drive, Atlanta, GA 30345 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. We accept both new and gently used items.  If you are interested in donating items or have any questions, please contact Duncan de la Feld at or 678-636-8933.


Art Supplies
Book Bags
Cleaning Supplies
Computers (Windows XP or Higher)
Couches, Tables, and Chairs*
Garbage Bags
Glasses and Mugs
Household Decorative Items
Laundry Baskets
Non-Perishable Food Items
Picture Dictionaries
Plates and Bowls
Pots and Pans
Rice Cookers
Rugs and Floor Coverings
School Supplies
Sewing Machines and Supplies
Shoes (Esp. Black Shoes with Rubber Soles)
Small Men’s Clothing

Tea Kettles
Towels and Linens
Toys and Stuffed Animals
Trash Cans
TVs and DVD Players
Winter Coats


*Please call before dropping off large-item donations to ensure we can accept your items. Limited donation pick-ups are available. Please call for more information.

There are a few items that we are unable to accept, but we are happy to refer donors to organizations that are able to take them.  These are:

Items Requiring Repairs in Order to Work
Perishable Food Items
Ripped, Torn or Stained Clothing
Used Car Seats
Used Mattresses or Bed Frames

To assist our Refugee Child Care Microenterprise Program, in which entrepreneurial refugees can receive state-certification and the ability to open their own child-care business, we are looking for:

Health and Safety Equipment: Fire Extinguishers, Smoke Detectors, First Aid Kits, Cabinet Locks
Toys: Age-Appropriate (0-5), Manipulative, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Indoor/Outdoor
Furniture: Children's Tables and Chairs, Highchairs, Cubbies, Mats, Cots
Cribs and Sleepable Pack-and-Plays - Must Meet Certain Specifications, Please Call!

We are also collecting donations to assist in the growth of our New Roots Program, where new refugee residents develop knowledge, opportunity, and access to the tools and resources needed to make healthy choices for themselves and their families in their new homes. Items needed for our New Roots community garden are:

Buckets and Bins
Hoes, Shovels, Pitchforks, and Rakes
Irrigation Hoses and Joints
Pruners and Trowels
Seeds, Plant Material, and Fertilizer
Tailgate Tents
Wheelbarrows and Tillers