Different organizations need different items. Check the webpage of each organization to find out what their most urgently needed items are at present.

Here are some general rules:

  • Everyone needs small sizes of practical adult clothing and all sizes of children's clothing.

  • Everyone needs small adult shoes and all sizes of children's shoes.

  • Everyone needs small adult sizes and children's sizes of new underwear and socks.

  • Everyone needs diapers and wipes.

  • Everyone needs bleach and trash bags.

Under the Mexico bridges

  • full sized blankets or sleeping bags

  • money to buy food to cook into meals

  • individually-wrapped snack foods

  • travel size hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion

  • first aid supplies (no medications)

  • disposable dishes and silverware; large aluminum trays for cooking in bulk

  • tents & tarps

  • sunscreen

  • hats

  • baby wipes for bathing (no showers are available); ready shampoo caps (no rinse)

Detention Centers

no donations

Respite/Post-Detention Centers

  • all hygiene items

  • regular sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash

  • bath towels or hand towels

  • individually-wrapped snack foods for travel

  • belts, hairties & shoelaces

  • toilet paper & all cleaning supplies

  • ziploc bags

Here is a typical list from the Annunciation House in El Paso:


Most shelters receiving post-detention migrants can use all of these types of items, but cash as well.

Please contact each shelter before donating food in order to avoid waste.


 Resettlement Homes

  • bedding, including twin sheet sets and full-sized blankets.

  • cleaning supplies of all types

  • backpacks and suitcases

  • soccer and basketballs, drawing materials (color pencils, crayons, pads); board games

  • fresh food

  • bicycles and kitchen items

  • English/Spanish books for new readers; small white boards w markers

  • towels

  • local grocery store gift cards

  • strollers

  • manual pencil sharpeners

  • vacuum cleaners and other household appliances in working condition

For links to various Amazon wishlists, click here.


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