ITEMS TO DONATE

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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