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Items needed for refugees in San Diego

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Winter 2017 Priority:

Gift Card Drive

We are currently very low on gift cards - an important source of support for newly arrived families. Help us replenish our inventory by:  

  • Order gift card(s) online or purchase in-store. (Mail to or drop off at 5348 University Ave Ste., 205 San Diego CA 92105)
  • Hold a gift card drive:
    1. Identify an upcoming event, dinner, meeting or other gathering at which to hold your drive
    2. Personalize this flyer and email to participants, or print out to distribute
Personal care kits are one of the items we collect for refugee families.

Other ways to help:

In-Kind Items

The majority of in-kind donations accepted by the IRC in San Diego are distributed to newly-arrived refugee families to provide assistance during their first months in the United States.

Currently, we are collecting specific items most commonly requested by the families we serve. 

 Click Here to View Current In-Kind Needs & Instructions


An IRC staff member hands over the keys to a vehicle's new owner.

Vehicle Donations

Donated vehicles help refugees travel to work, regain control over their lives, and achieve self-sufficiency.  A new vehicle is certain to be the "lift" a refugee needs to move from surviving to thriving in San Diego, and a potential tax deduction for you

Ready to donate your car to the IRC? Want to learn more? Contact Laurel.Dalsted [at] Rescue.org.

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