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Clothing needed by Help Refugees

Help Refugees logo

Clothing needed by Help Refugees:

MOST NEEDED ITEMS (last updated Feb 2019):

  • Trousers (sizes 28-34)
  • Walking boots (sizes 40-43)
  • Practical warm jackets and waterproofs
  • Thermal leggings & Thermal tops
  • Tents and tarpaulins
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Gloves & Handwarmers
  • Emergency Foil Blankets


  • Belts (men’s)
  • Men’s underwear (boxers, only new please – small and medium) and socks (preferably thin)
  • Hats (preferably Beanies)
  • Gloves and Handwarmers
  • Mobile Phones (only functional please)
  • Men’s joggers and jeans (small and medium)
  • Backpacks (30-40 litres)
  • Small backpacks-(below 40ltrs)/ drawstring bags
  • Roll mats
  • Jumpers and hoodies (small and medium)

*Please note they cannot currently accept the following items:

  • Any Medication
  • Women’s and Children’s clothing
  • Children’s bedding and nappies
  • Button-up Shirts
  • L or XL clothing
  • Duvets
  • Ski suits/salopettes
  • Wellies or office shoes
  • Steel Toecap shoes
  • Business attire
  • Camouflage print items
  • Hand-knitted items
  • Items containing symbols that are satanic, religious, or have references to sex/drugs/alcohol
  • Very bright or fluorescent clothing
  • Blankets smaller than a full-grown man

Check the current list of items needed and local drop off points at

Please make sure that you’re donating good quality items that you’d use yourself!

About Help Refugees

Help Refugees fills the gaps and acts where others won’t. Sometimes that means search & rescue boats. Sometimes it means providing safe, secure long-term housing.

Set up as nothing more than a hashtag in August 2015, a group of friends wanted to raise £1,000 and fill a van full of donations to take down to Calais. Within a week, they had raised £56,000. They were soon receiving 7,000 items every day.

Fast forward three years, and they have helped over 722,500 people, managed over 25,000 volunteers, and support more than 80 projects across Europe and the Middle East. They have established a fieldwork first, network approach to giving aid, establishing local networks and working with local partners to deliver projects.

High-profile musicians, filmmakers and actors joined their ‘Choose Love’ campaign. Help Refugees have pioneered a new movement in humanitarian response – ordinary people helping other ordinary people in need in the most direct of ways.

Attika Human Support t-shirts

Clothing needed by Attika Human Support

Attika Human Support t-shirts

Clothing needed by Attika Human Support:

  • warm dry clothes and shoes to survive the cold and rainy winters
  • lightweight clothing and shoes for the hot summers

Most asylum seekers are wet and cold when they arrive, usually with just the clothes on their backs. 

Attika Human Support helps desperate people fleeing war, torture, and terror. The NGO runs Lesvos’s biggest warehouse distributing goods for asylum seekers. Most international donations of clothes, shoes, tents, baby carriers, towels and toiletries to Lesvos ship directly to Attika. The Attika team sorts and delivers consignments to local NGOs who distribute them to the asylum seekers they work with. The Attika warehouse is the only warehouse open to everyone.

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Clothing Wanted by Dunkirk Refugee Womens Centre

Womens Refugee Centre logo

Clothing wanted by Dunkirk Refugee Womens Centre:

  • Children’s leggings and tracksuit bottoms/joggers 
  • Women’s joggers (tapered at bottom)
  • Women’s leggings
  • Women’s socks (new/unused)
  • Women’s gloves
  • Children’s waterproof ski suits
  • Women’s WARM waterproof coats
  • Women’s jumpers that cover the bottom
  • Children’s waterproof coats
  • Women’s headscarves
  • Women’s and Children’s trainers (not white or light coloured)
  • practical lightweight boots and hiking shoes
  • Women’s and Children’s practical sandals & flip flops
  • Summer caps

This list was up to date at 19th March 2019. For a more up to date list visit

The Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre is a mobile ‘free shop.’ It is open 6 days a week across several locations in Northern France. An all-female team visit women and children sleeping rough and in temporary accommodation. With their van, a sprinkling of creativity, and a handful of enthusiasm, they transform the area. Women empowering women, implementing free choice, and providing a platform for women to bond with their children.

The Women’s Centre also bridges the gap between displaced people and professional organisations. Connecting people to medical legal or psychological help when needed. Finding emergency shelter for those sleeping rough. The Centre is also dedicated to finding long term, sustainable responses to the refugee crises in Northern France.

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Clothing Needed by Mobile Refugee Support

Clothing needed by Mobile Refugee Support

  • Waterproof Jackets
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Hooded Ponchos
  • Underpants
  • Thin Socks
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Shoes size 7-11
  • Trainers size 7-11

They also need tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, food and mobile phones. There is a full and up to date list at

Mobile Refugee Support provide mobile aid and communication support to refugees and displaced peoples. They are currently based and operating in northern France in the locations neglected by governments and larger NGOs.

MRS supplies basic essentials and necessities to make conditions more bearable for those stranded without homes or safety in foreign countries.

They provide free wi-fi, free phone repairs and the provision of SIM cards and emergency phones and relevant, helpful and up-to-date information.

Each visit is accompanied by a generator that can be used by up to 300 individuals at a time.

The team consists of a handful of dedicated and experienced humanitarian aid workers.

Donations, whether financial or material, allow MRS to continue the work that many would be disadvantaged without.


Shoes Wanted


Shoes are wanted by a number of charities. The homeless, refugees and women in shelters have no spare clothes. Often walking is their only form of transport. They need good shoes to protect their feet from the damp and cold. When feet are damp for too long, trenchfoot occurs. Trenchfoot is a common ailment among the homeless and refugees.


Flip Flops and Crocs


Charities and Projects needing Boots are:

Help Refugees
Men’s Walking boots (sizes 40-43)

Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre
Women’s and Children’s practical lightweight boots and hiking shoes

St Petroc’s Society

Charities needing flip flops and crocs are:

Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre
Women’s and Children’s practical sandals & flip flops

Open Hearts Open Borders
flip flops and crocs

Charities and Projects needing Shoes are:

Attika Human Support
warm and dry for winter; lightweight for hot summers

Mobile Refugee Support

Suited For Success


Charities and Projects needing Trainers are:

Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre
Women’s and Children’s trainers (not white or light coloured)

Mobile Refugee Support

Charities and Projects needing your shoes

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Clothing Wanted by Open Hearts Open Borders

Open Hearts Open Borders logo

Clothing wanted by Open Hearts Open Borders:

  • Jackets and Coats
  • Jeans / Jogging bottoms
  • Trousers
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies / Sweatshirts
  • Flip flops / Crocs
  •  New socks and underwear
  • Baby clothes
  • Gloves, hats, scarves
  • Shoes and Tainers sizes 7-11

Open Hearts Open Borders is a group of volunteers from across Devon and Cornwall. They collect essential aid items to fill containers and send pallets of aid to Europe. OHOB work closely with a number of other grass root aid groups across the South West. In Europe, they ship aid on a regular basis to Mobile Refugee Support (Dunkirk and Calais) and Attika Human Support (Lesvos Greece). They also ship to other projects on an ad hoc basis and when required.

OHOB welcome refugees and asylum seekers arriving or already living in the South West and across the United Kingdom by supporting and providing household and personal items for resettlement.

Currently collecting food, toiletries, clothing and electrical items at collection points across Devon and Cornwall

List of items needed by Open Hearts Open Borders
St Petroc's Society pledge to end homelessness in Cornwall

Bedding needed for Homeless in Cornwall

St Petroc's Society pledge to end homelessness in Cornwall

St Petroc’s Society is a charity supporting the homeless in Cornwall.

Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to call the centre first on 01872 264153.


  • Toiletries
  • Bedding
  • Clothes and shoes

These are gratefully received and regularly used by St Petroc clients.

Other Items Needed:

  • Dried and tinned food – especially tins with ring pulls (tin openers are always needed too!)

Please drop donations into any of their supported accommodation houses or  resettlement centres in Truro or Penzance.

Depending on the availability of storage space they also take household items and furniture and fittings (that comply with current safety standards) to use in their supported accommodation and to pass on to clients as they move into their own accommodation.

For more information visit the website St Petroc’s Society

Bras wanted by Smalls For All

Bras wanted by Smalls For All

Bras wanted by Smalls For All

Smalls For All

Bras wanted by Smalls For All to help protect girls and women in some African communities from rape. Only wealthier families own underwear so girls and women wearing underwear are deemed to be cared for and protected by a male relative.

Smalls for All collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa.

Giving pants and bras may seem like a small thing, but it can make a life-changing difference. For example, having pants can help teenage girls complete their education without having to miss school each month during their period.

They help those living in orphanages, slums, IDP camps and schools, as well as providing underwear to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula.

They accept donations of new pants and new bras and gently worn bras.


  • new pants for children aged 3-15
  • new pants for ladies size 8-16, especially black – in full brief, mini or high leg.

Other Items Needed:

  • new or ‘gently worn’ bras of any size, including sports and nursing bras, but not teen, cropped-top style or bikini tops.

Smalls For All have an Amazon wish list for new pants, so you can order online and have them delivered directly to Smalls for All if that’s easier.  Go to their Amazon wish list.

Fo rmore information visit their website Smalls For All

Suits Wanted by Suited For Success

Suits Wanted by Suited For Success

Suits Wanted by Suited For Success

Suits wanted by Suited for Success to help those who have been unemployed for a long time or have been homeless or released from prison to get back into employment.

First impressions are vital when it comes to a job interview. Research shows that it takes a potential employer just ‘nine seconds’ to make up their mind about a job applicant. Not being able to afford an interview suit or having the right interviewing skills can be a huge barrier to employment for many unemployed men and women.

Suited for Success is a registered UK charity based in Ladywood, Birmingham. They provide FREE high-quality interview clothes, styling and interview preparation skills for unemployed men and women who have a confirmed job interview. Gently worn suits and smart workwear are donated by professional men and women in corporate companies, law firms, banks, offices and businesses across the city.  The suits are given to to clients ‘FREE of charge’ to wear to a job interview.

Suited For Success are happy to take donations of new or gently worn suits or smart clothing (shirts, trousers, dresses, skirts, shoes and accessories) suitable to wear to a job interview. They especially need good quality men’s shoes, small sized slim fit men’s suits ( 34 – 36 chest, 28- 30 waist trousers) sized 16+ women’s clothes also modest women wear (long lined skirts and dresses, tunic dresses, abayas, long sleeved tops, new leggings).


  • Men’s shoes (they don’t get many donations of men’s shoes)

Other Items Needed:

  • Men’s suits
  • Women’s suits
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Trousers
  • Blouses
  • Shirts
  • Jackets
  • Coats
  • Smart shoes
  • Jewellery
  • Scarves
  • Belts
  • Handbags
  • Women’s tights
  • New and packaged underwear

For more information visit the website Suited For Success