IRC Clients in classroom participating in a group activity.

Welcome Refugees This Season

Every holiday season, the IRC in Phoenix conducts a Holiday Giving Campaign to welcome refugees and other immigrants to our community. Through the Holiday Giving Campaign, individuals, families, and organizations sponsor a newly-arrived refugee family, providing them with gifts of much needed items. 

The Holiday Giving Campaign helps support refugee and asylum seeking families who have resettled from countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Syria during fiscal year 2022. These families have escaped war and persecution in their home countries and faced extremely difficult circumstances. Now, they are beginning to rebuild their lives in the United States.

Afghan Family of six pose for family photo.
Photo: Andrew Oberstadt, IRC


Your contribution this holiday season not only provides these families with greatly needed items, but lets them know that their community cares and welcomes them.  Your gifts not only directly benefit your sponsored family, but also provide a community match of goods and time. Your contributions of time and gifts are matched $2 to $1 by the federal government, which provides rental assistance and job readiness training to newly arrived families.

For 2022, we are continuing to apply COVID-19 safety measures. This year's program will be conducted through a mix of in person and online.  With in-person deliveries, sponsors will have to maintain social distancing and remain outside of families’ homes.  For remote participation, the IRC will share the Amazon wish list with each family's sponsor, which will include items their sponsored family has requested. Those items can be either brought to the IRC office by the sponsor, or mailed directly through Amazon.

Contact Us

Please fill out our application by November 14th, 2022!

For any additional questions, you can contact us at: [email protected]By being a sponsor, you will provide a family the gift of a warm welcome, some Holiday cheer and fulfill their needs.