International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Gearing up for Light One Candle!

November will be upon us before we know it. With it, the festivities of the holiday season will commence. At the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City, we are gearing up for Light One Candle, a holiday donation drive committed to providing refugee families and individuals with much needed gifts. By pairing sponsors from the community with refugees, the winter holiday season becomes a much brighter place. 

  1. Decide the number of individuals you or your group would like to sponsor.
  2. Contact IRC Donations Coordinator, Jesse Sheets, at 801-883-8457 or by email at He will match you or your group with a refugee family or individual(s). You will then be sent a wishlist for each individual.
  3. Buy new or like new items to fulfill the wishlist.
  4. Deliver wishlist items, unwrapped, to the IRC office in downtown Salt Lake City between November 17 and December 12. Gift bags will be accepted with wishlist deliveries. The IRC office is located at 221 S 400 W, and the office is open between 9am and 5pm weekdays.
  5. If you would like to be part of the distribution event, please discuss this option with IRC Donations Coordinator sooner rather than later—there are limited spaces available to participate with the December 20 distribution day.

If you would like to get involved, there will be many opportunities to volunteer at wrapping and sorting parties in the weeks leading up to the distribution event. Please contact Jesse Sheets, IRC Donations Coordinator, at 801-883-8457 or by email at