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Items needed for refugees in Atlanta

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The IRC in Atlanta is committed to ensuring refugees and immigrants integrate and thrive in their new communities. 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 Shop of Hope or as part of an initial apartment setup.

Below is a list of items that are always in demand as we strive to meet the needs of our refugee clients – the items in highest demand are 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 4pm. 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 duncan.delafeld [at] rescue.org (subject: Item%20donation%20question)  or 678-636-8928.

  • Art Supplies
  • Bicyles, helmets and bike locks (kids and adults)
  • Book Bags
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Clothing 
  • Comforters
  • Computers (Windows XP or Higher)
  • Couches, Tables and Chairs*
  • Diapers
  • Garbage Bags
  • Glasses and Mugs
  • Household Decorative Items
  • Irons
  • Lamps
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Microwaves
  • Pillows
  • Plates and Bowls
  • Pots and Pans
  • Rice Cookers
  • Rugs and Floor Coverings
  • School Supplies
  • Sewing Machines and Supplies
  • Shoes (esp. Black with Rubber Soles)
  • Small Men’s Clothing
  • Socks
  • Strollers
  • Tea Kettles
  • Toiletries
  • Towels and Linens
  • Toys and Stuffed Animals
  • Trash Cans
  • TVs and DVD Players
  • Utensils
  • Winter Coats **Particularly small and medium adult sizes and all kids sizes**

*Please call before dropping off large-item donations to ensure we can accept your items. Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer donation pick-ups.

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
  • Ripped, Torn or Stained Clothing
  • Used Car Seats
  • Mattresses or Bed Frames

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

Thank you for standing with refugees and the IRC in Atlanta!