The Refugee Net is a San Diego non-profit organization that started by helping refugees from Southern Sudan. The Network has expanded to assist refugees from Darfur, Myanmar (Burma), Bhutan, and Iraq, who often arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs and minimal, if any, English skills.
Imagine moving to a new country with a completely different culture--what help would you would need to navigate such confusion! The Episcopal Refugee Network works to provide the necessary help and ongoing support for these immigrants to establish a successful life in our country.
Donations of specific household goods are always appreciated. Current needs include:
Disposable diapers (all sizes), baby baskets, baby blankets and clothing
Sheets, pillow cases (twin and Queen), towels, dish towels. Blankets, especially smooth ones like Martex, that do not get curly hair caught up in them.
Microwave ovens, toasters
Bed-side tables, TV tables, coffee tables
Irons, ironing boards, kettles, teapots, jugs
Kitchen tables and chairs
Dishes and water glasses, especially bowls
Pots and pans, especially stock pots
Knives, forks, and spoons, including knives, forks and spoons for cooking
Car seats for infants and children, and strollers, including double and umbrella
Toilet paper and paper towels, Dove bath soap, salt and pepper, sugar, rice
School clothes, shoes, socks and warm jackets – all sizes
Small high chairs
The following items are NOT appropriate:
Wine glasses, beer mugs, or other alcohol-related items
Please think “Would I take these with me if I were moving into a small apartment? Are all the parts with this? Does it work well?” These items are for families who are moving into an empty apartment. There is minimal storage, so there is room only for items that are used very frequently. The families usually have several children, so space is at a premium. Rocking chairs are too much of a hazard.
If you are wondering if something not on this list would be helpful, for further information, or to offer your help, please contact Elaine McLevie.