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Help Refugees: Gifts That Give Back

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A mother wearing a face mask holds her baby in a refugee settlement in Greece

As 2020 comes to a close, refugees are facing the triple threat of conflict, hunger, and the rapid spread of COVID-19. Refugees and other displaced families are especially vulnerable to the pandemic – the virus has overwhelmed health systems in countries already suffering from years of war and crisis, like Syria and Yemen.

That’s why supporting the International Rescue Committee this holiday season  is more important than ever. Your support will help us protect refugees from COVID-19 and other crises, and empower them to rebuild their lives. Fortunately, there are many ways you can help the most vulnerable families get through this difficult time. In addition to donating to the IRC directly, here are ways that holiday gifts you give can have an even more meaningful impact:

Holiday shopping in a season of giving

Amazon Smile

Customers shopping on Amazon can support refugees by going to smile.amazon.com anytime and selecting the IRC as the charity of choice. The AmazonSmile Foundation will then donate 0.5% of the purchase price for all your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.


PayPal users can select the IRC as their favorite charity in PayPal’s Give at Checkout settings, Then, every time they make an online purchase with PayPal, customers have the opportunity to donate $1 to our cause.

Threads 4 Thought

Threads 4 Thought released a group of IRC-inspired gifts available on Threads 4 Thought’s website now until the end of the year. 100% of the purchase price will be donated to the IRC at the end of the campaign

Uncommon Goods

All year round on the Uncommon Goods’ website, customers can select the IRC (one of four charity partners) at checkout, and Uncommon Goods will donate $1 to support our work.  On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, Uncommon Goods will double their impact donation to $2.


This holiday season, UNIQLO shoppers have the opportunity to give a UNIQLO Warm Welcome to new refugee families building lives here. They may join UNIQLO in supporting the IRC during this particularly difficult year and have the option to include a contribution with their purchase at checkout both online and in UNIQLO stores across the U.S. from December 1-31. UNIQLO will match up to $80,000, in the form of cash and in-kind product.

More ways to join our partners in supporting the IRC

General Assembly
General Assembly will be offering Free Friday online workshops worldwide from Nov. 10 to Dec. 30, 2020.  For every eligible person who registers here during this time, General Assembly will donate $1 USD to the IRC, (up to $150,000).

Marriott International
Marriott Bonvoy members can choose to donate their points to the IRC here, as part of Marriott's social impact and sustainability platform, "Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction."

Miles 4 Migrants
Miles4Migrants allows frequent flyers to donate unused frequent flyer miles and credit card points to help refugees and asylum seekers reunite with their families and reach safe homes.

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund
For over a century, The New York Times has been publishing stories about charity organizations, including the IRC, and encouraging their readers to donate to its Neediest Cases Fund. Readers can support this year’s campaign by making a donation here, and can read more about the Neediest Cases Fund here.

Twilio’s WePledge campaign calls upon individuals and organizations to donate 1% of their time to important causes. From now until Dec. 31, 2020, Twilio will donate $100 to a charity of choice, including the IRC, when you sign up for the campaign here.