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Items needed for refugees in Charlottesville

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Effective September 1, 2021 - we are pausing all donated items except gift cards for the month of September. We are so overwhelmed by the outporuing of support we have received from the Charlottesville community that we need a little time to distribute these items and make space for new contributions. If you are leading a group donation drive, please reach out to the IRC staff member with whom you have been coordinating - we will gladly accept your contributions.

Current Greatest Need:  Gift cards (Kroger, Food Lion, Walmart, Amazon). Gift cards give families who have lost everything agency to purchase the things that would make them feel most at home in our community; the clothes they like to wear, their favorite foods, etc.  This small gesture goes a long way to helping restore people's dignity and sense of self-worth.  We recommend these stores because they are accessible to our families by bus or online.

Mail or deliver gift cards to 609 East Market Street, Suite 104 (our office entrance is on 7th Street).

Please check back after October 1 for an updated list of our current needs.  Thank you for standing with refugees.  If you have any questions, please reach us at Charlottesville [at] rescue.org.


The IRC in Charlottesville is committed to bringing our beneficiaries from harm to home. As a part of that commitment, we provide them with necessities they will need to start rebuilding their lives here. To do this, the IRC relies on donated items from community partners that are passed into the hands of our beneficiaries free of charge.

See below for an extensive list of acceptable and most needed items. We accept both new and gently used items. This list is updated regularly to reflect current needs and changes in the kinds of items we can and cannot accept. We currently do not accept clothing. Please check here for a more extensive list of items we do not accept.

There is a loading zone on the corner of 7th St. and Market St. for donation drop-off. Donations may be dropped off Monday 11am-3pm, Tuesday 1pm-3pm, Wednesday 1pm-3pm.  An appointment is no longer requried.  However, masks must be worn when entering the office.

If you are interested in donating items or have any questions, please contact Charlottesville [at] rescue.org or 434-979-7772.


  • Bowls and plates
  • Utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Mixing bowls
  • Water glasses
  • Microwaves
  • Mixers/blenders
  • Tea kettles
  • Rice cookers

Household items:

  • New, unused cleaning supplies: all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, sponges
  • Laundry detergent & laundry baskets
  • Towels
  • Light bulbs
  • Irons & ironing boards
  • New sheet sets or bed-in-a-bag, twin and full 
  • Blankets
  • Rugs
  • Sewing machines
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Space heaters (wintertime)
  • Fans & window AC units (summertime)

Personal hygiene products (new only):

  • Shampoo
  • Bar soap
  • Tooth brushes
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitary napkins (please, no tampons)


  • Computers (laptop only)
  • Televisions (flat panel only - no box TVs)
  • Tablets/iPads

Infant/child items:

  • Diapers and wipes
  • Car seats (especially larger, forward-facing seats for toddlers - please be sure that all donated car seats are unexpired)
  • Strollers
  • Pack 'n Plays (no cribs, please)


  • Gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Amazon
  • Winter Coats
  • Umbrellas
  • Digital alarm clocks
  • Rugs / Carpets
  • Backpacks
  • Over-ear headphones
  • Picture Dictionaries

Our New Roots team is currently looking for:

Greatest needs are in bold.

  • 5 gallon buckets
  • Compost - Panorama paydirt
  • Grub hoes
  • 6' to 8’ metal stakes
  • 4' to 8' woven wire fencing
  • 4' x 4' metal gate
  • Motorized weedwhacker
  • Landscape fabric 
  • Shovels 
  • Garden trowels
  • Vegetable seeds

*Please call or email before dropping off large-item donations to ensure we can accept them.

We are unfortunately unable to accept:

  • Mattresses 
  • Items requiring repairs in order to work
  • Food items
  • Single wine glasses and mugs
  • Large, older-model televisions or computers
  • Printers
  • Candles