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Other Ways to Help

We have been grateful for the outpouring of donations of household items and clothing over the last several months in support of refugees and immigrants in our community. In fact, we had to take time off to catch up with the flow and reorganize a bit. Now we are ready to accept new items.

Here’s how we work: We are responsible for outfitting a household for each new family according to Federal guidelines. We have only enough storage space to keep these mandated items, unlike some pantries or thrift shops, where shoppers can browse and choose. So we really need your help in managing the flow of only what we need, which may not match up with everything you would like to give. We ask for your understanding.

Below are lists of what we need at this time. PLEASE GIVE ONLY WHAT IS ASKED FOR and please be sure items are clean and in very, very good condition. New items are greatly appreciated.

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU DROP OFF ANYTHING, as our needs will change: 207-523-2723.

Thank you! You make an enormous difference in welcoming people who have had to leave everything familiar.

Kitchen Kit for 2
Start with a medium laundry basket, ADD:

  • 2 plates
  • 2 cups
  • 2 soup bowls
  • 2 glasses
  • 2 spoons, knives, forks
  • 2 cooking pots
  • 1 large stew pot & lid
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 can opener
  • 1 paring knife
  • 1 carving knife
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 large cooking spoon
  • 1 large slotted spoon
  • 3 plastic containers
  • 1 stovetop teapot
  • 2 potholders
  • 1 tablecloth
  • 1 pkg. paper napkins
  • 2 dish towels
  • 2 dishrags
  • 1 dish soap
  • 1 bar hand soap
  • 1 scrub brush
  • 1 pkg tall garbage bags

Kitchen Kit for 4
Start with Kit for 2 and ADD:

  • 2 plates
  • 2 cups
  • 2 soup bowls
  • 2 glasses
  • 2 spoons, knives, forks

Welcome Kit
Start with a small shopping bag or lunch box, ADD:

  • 1 medium notebook or pad of paper
  • 3 pens & 3 pencils
  • pencil sharpener
  • 1 box BandAids
  • 1 tube antibiotic ointment
  • 1 Metro bus schedule

 

Cleaning Kit
Start with a bucket, ADD:

  • 1 broom
  • 1 dustpan
  • 2 rags
  • 1 pkg. sponges
  • 1 scrub brush
  • 1 non-toxic soap
  • 1 toilet bowl brush

Separate Household Items

  • Shampoo
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry baskets
  • Tall kitchen trash cans
  • Sturdy plastic buckets
  • Brooms and dustpans
  • Stovetop teapots
  • Can openers
  • Paper napkins
  • Bars of soap
  • Deodorant
  • Bottles of shampoo
  • Household cleanser
  • Thermometers for body temp.
  • Shower curtain rings
  • New shower curtains
  • Bath mats
  • Sets of dishes
  • Knives, forks, spoons
  • Potholders
  • Paper napkins

Separate Clothing Items

  • Baby/toddler indoor & outdoor clothing, all sizes, all seasons
  • Children’s long pants, long or short sleeve shirts, fleeces or sweaters, all sizes
  • Socks, ages 0-12
  • Shoes, ages 0-12
  • New underwear, ages 3 & up
  • Pajamas, ages 3 & up
  • Women’s boots, new or in very good condition
  • Women’s new socks
  • Women’s new warm gloves
  • Men’s new socks, dark or light colored

 

 

NOT NEEDED NOW:

  • Adult clothing
  • Bedding
  • Bookbags or school supplies
  • Books or toys