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Items needed for refugees in Seattle

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The IRC in Seattle is committed to bringing our refugee clients from harm to home.  As a part of that commitment, we provide families with necessities – such as furniture and household items – they will need to start rebuilding their lives here. 

Schedule a Donation Drop-Off:

The IRC is not able to pick up in-kind donations at this time. Donations may be delivered to our office in SeaTac, WA anytime during our regular business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Deliveries outside of business hours may be arranged on a case-by-case basis. All items should be in good, clean condition. Please note that the IRC reserves the right to request photographs of donations prior to drop-off, and to refuse donations due to poor quality. 

Contact us at 206-623-2105 to arrange a delivery time with our Logistics Manager. Once items are secured, we can provide you with a tax receipt for your donation.

Current In-kind Donation Needs:


  • Couches
  • Sheet sets and comforters (new only; twin and full size)
  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Operating Systems and software (such as Microsoft Office) for donated computers
  • Bicycles (adult and youth)
  • Car Seats
  • Strollers
  • Diapers
  • ORCA Cards 
  • Gift Cards: Visa/Mastercard; Target; Walmart; Fred Meyer. Gift cards empower newly-arrived refugees the opportunity to choose for themselves the things they need. 


  • Backpacks and School Readiness Kits: pencils; erasers; crayons; glue stick; ruler; markers; folder; notebook; flash cards; colored pencils; scissors​
  • Gift Cards for School Uniforms (Old Navy, Value Village)
  • Grocery store gift cards to purchase healthy snacks and beverages
  • Used Tablets
  • ORCA Cards for field trips
  • Soccer balls, Basketballs, Footballs (new)
  • Coloring books (new)
  • Art kits (new)
  • Jump Ropes (new)
  • Non-perishable snacks, such as dried fruit, crackers, or pretzels.
  • Additional items on Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.to/2kLxxAT 


  • Work Readiness Grooming Kits: comb (a small  pocket sized comb); razor; travel-sizes shaving cream; tissue packet; 1 roll breathe mints; small scissors (for hair and beard trimming); nail clippers; 2-in-1 travel-sized shampoo/conditioner; travel-sized toothbrush; travel-sized toothpaste; travel-sized deodorant; travel-sized hand lotion
  • Oxford Picture Dictionary, Monolingual English, 2nd Edition 
  • Additional items on Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.to/2kN54Xg 


IRC has limited storage space for in-kind donations. Help us expand our capacity - and distribute items to more families - by making a monthly contribution to storage fees or providing space to store goods! Email us at Seattle [at] Rescue.org if interested in this unique type of donation opportunity.


The IRC is seeking a donation of a passenger van or assistance purchasing a passenger van to pick up newly arriving famlies at the airport, transport refugee clients to appointments, and for job readiness and youth program field trips. 

The IRC also accepts donations of used cars to give directly to newly-arrived refugee families.