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Items needed for refugees in Richmond

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The IRC in Richmond is committed to bringing our refugee clients from harm to home.  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 here.  To do this, the IRC relies on donated items from community partners that are passed into the hands of our clients free of charge.

Donations can be made by bringing items to the IRC in Richmond office between 9am and 4pm by appointment.  We’re located at 8100 Three Chopt Rd., Ste #128 in Henrico. If you are interested in donating items or have any questions, please contact VolunteerRichmond [at] rescue.org (subject: Donating%20items%20to%20IRC%20Richmond) or (804) 308-9144


Below is a list of items that are in demand as we strive to meet the needs of our refugee clients. 

Kitchen (new or gently used)

  • Eating utensil / flatware sets
  • Pots and pans
  • Bakeware
  • Cooking utensils
  • Matching mug sets
  • Mixers
  • Cutting boards
  • Rice cookers
  • Coffee makers

Hygiene Items (new, unused, full containers)

  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Soap, Women’s sanitary items
  • Deodorant
  • Dishwasher detergent

Cleaning items (new, unused, full containers)

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Irons
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Buckets
  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Dustpans
  • Interior trash cans
  • Trash bags

Bedding and linens (must be new)

  • Blankets
  • Comforters
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Towels


  • Men's and Women's professional attire - new with tags attached or recently washed / dry-cleaned
  • Infant and Children's - on an as-needed basis

Infant items

  • Bottles
  • Sippy cups
  • Clothing
  • Diapers 
  • Car seats (must be less than 5 years old)
  • Blankets
  • Umbrella strollers
  • High chairs


  • Computers (laptop or desktop - no monitors without computers)


  • Small items
  • Night stands
  • End tables
  • Small Storage
  • Lamps - floor and table

Miscellaneous (new or very gently used

  • Umbrellas
  • Backpacks
  • Picture Dictionaries
  • Reliable Bicycles (Helmets, bike locks, and front/rear lights are also appreciated)
  • Vehicles (Must be in running condition with current inspection)

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

We are unfortunately unable to accept:

  • Large furniture items, except on an as-needed basis (call 804-308-9144)
  • Items requiring repairs in order to work
  • Perishable food items
  • Ripped, torn, dirty, or stained clothing
  • Casual attire of any kind
  • Used linens or textiles
  • Expired car seats


Vehicle Donation:

With the vehicle-dependent culture that is so prevalent in most of the U.S., a donated car can be life-changing for a new refugee struggling with mobility. Donated vehicles help refugees fleeing conflict and oppression travel to work, regain control over their lives, and achieve self-sufficiency.  A tax-deductible donation, a new vehicle is certain to be the "lift" a refugee needs to move from surviving to thriving in Richmond.

Ready to donate your car to the IRC? Want to learn more? Contact Richmond [at] rescue.org (subject: Vehicle%20donation%20in%20Richmond%20)

The IRC only accepts donations of vehicles that are in running condition and have a current inspection sticker.