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Items needed for refugees in Tucson

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The IRC in Tucson is committed to bringing our refugee clients from harm to home. As a part of that commitment, we provide refugees with the basics they will need to start rebuilding their lives here in the U.S.

If you are looking for additional ways to get involved with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) inTucson, there are various donation opportunities available outside of our regular volunteer opportunities. In-kind donations, in addition to monetary donations, assist refugee families and individuals as they strive to reclaim control of their future and become integrated into the Tucson community. By providing in-kind donations to the IRC in Tucson, we can ensure that refugees build a firm foundation in the United States. Our Resettlement Store is stocked with donations from community members and is open twice each week for IRC families to “shop” for free. An extensive list of acceptable and most needed items is below

Please note that due to our limited space, we can only accept items that are most needed by our clients. Please call ahead of time to confirm current needs.

Further questions? Please kindly contact us at TucsonIRC [at] Rescue.org (subject: Donating%20items%20for%20refugees%20in%20Tucson) or 520 319 2128 ext. 130 or check our Donaitons FAQ below. 

In addition to in-kind donations, private donations contribute greatly to the success of the IRC's work. The IRC is consistently awarded top marks by charity watchdog groups for our efficient use of donor contribution and the effectiveness of our work. Every bit of support helps!

Make your online contribution today! 

Other monetary donations can be sent to our office in Tucson:

International Rescue Committee in Tucson
Attn: Donations
1011 N Craycroft Rd. Suite 404
Tucson, AZ  85711

As of February 2019, our current in-kind donation needs include the following: 

  • Gently used clothing for men and women 
  • Gently used Children's clothing (ages 2 and up)
  • Gently used footware
  • Teen's clothing
  • New packs of underwear for children
  • New packs of socks for children
  • Backpacks
  • School supplies (pens, pencils, paper and notebooks)
  • Laptops in working condition
  • Bicycles and helmets

Donation needs for our Nutrition and Food Security Program: 

  • Garden gloves
  • Rakes
  • Watering cans
  • Shovels
  • Shade cloths (row covers)
  • Compost
  • Plastic tables
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Plants, shrubs and trees

For more information on Nutrition and Food Security Program needs, please contact Katrina Martinez at Katrina.Martinez [at] rescue.org (subject: Program%20donations)  

Donation needs for our Sewing and Knitting Group: 

  • Sewing machines in working condition
  • Fabric
  • Yarn

Interested in hosting a donations drive for the IRC? Check out our Donation Drive opportunities

Donations FAQ

Are there any items the IRC isn't able to accept?

Yes. Due to limited space at our office, we are unable to accept furniture donations and large household items. Refugee clients receive basic furniture and household items upon arrival. We kindly refer donations of large furniture to our partner, Deseret Industries. Deseret Industries offers vouchers for IRC clients to shop a full selection of extra furniture and household items at their store.

Deseret Industries is located at 605 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705.


Does the IRC accept clothing donations?

Yes. However, please check our Current In-Kind Donations list to see if we are able to accept certain items at this time. Due to our limited space, we can only accept items that are most needed by our clients.


Can the IRC pick up donations?

Unfortunately, we do not have pick-up service. Please kindly drop off donations at our office located on 1011 N Craycroft Rd., Tucson AZ 85711 between the hours of 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.


Thank you so much for all your support! For further information, please email us at IRCTucson [at] Rescue.org (subject: Donating%20items%20to%20Tucson) or call 520 319 2128 ext 130.


In-Kind Donation Drives:

Gift Card Drive:

Gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target and Fry's offer newly arrived refugees the opportunity to choose for themselves the things they need. In addition, gift cards offer refugee families and individuals an important acculturation opportunity as they will need to traverse a new bus route to get to the store and also interact, in English, at the store once they arrive.

Adult Work Bag:

After a newly arrived refugee receives a job, there are basic items that make the commute to and from work easier.

Backpacks should include:

  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Insulated Lunch Bag
  • Calendar
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Deodorant


  • Watch
  • $10-15 gift card to Walmart or Target


 Personal Hygiene Items:

Include oral hygiene products, soap, shampoo, body wash and feminine hygiene products. Full-size items are preferred. Bundles should include:

  • Body Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Hair Brush / Comb
  • Tooth Brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine Hygiene Products


Elementary Backpacks:

Simple backpack that includes basic school supplies for Elementary School age refugee students. Bundles should include:

  • Backpack
  • Pack of #2 Pencils
  • 2 Pink Erasers
  • 1 Box of Crayons
  • 2 Highlighters
  • 3 Glue Sticks
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Child Safety Scissors
  • Pencil Box
  • Ruler
  • Pocket Folder
  • 2 Spiral Notebooks
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Wide Ruled Filler Paper
  • Small Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex

Middle/High School Backpacks:

Large backpack that includes basic and advanced school supplies for Middle or High School age refugee students.

  • Pack of #2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Blue OR Black Pens
  • 2 Red Pens
  • 3 Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • 2 Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Ruler
  • 3-ring Binder
  • Folder Dividers
  • Copy Paper
  • 2 Pocket Folders
  • 2 Spiral Notebooks
  • Lined Filler Paper
  • Graph Filler Paper
  • Small Calculator
  • Compass
  • Protractor

Home Cleaning Supplies:

Include multipurpose cleaners, laundry detergent and dish soap. These items are often expensive and difficult for newly arrived refugees to purchase within their first few months of arrival.

Socks and Underwear Drive:

Volunteer as a group and collect socks and new underwear for all ages. 

Handmade Quilt Donations:

Volunteer as a group and make quilts! Other handmade items, like warm scarves and winter hats, are also needed for newly arrived refugees in the winter.


For more information, please contact Development Coordinator at 520 319 2128 ext 130.