PRIORITY ITEMS: THINGS WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF
Unlocked mobile phones with chargers
EU to UK power adapters (for use in EU)
S+M Men’s Joggers/Trousers (28” and 30”)
Torches and Lamps
S+M Men’s Waterproof Jackets
S Men’s Hoodies/Warm Jumpers
Trainers/Walking Boots size 40-44
S+M Men’s Underwear
Men’s warm winter accessories – hats, gloves, scarves
Size 5 and 6 nappies only
S, M waterproof and non-waterproof jackets
Trainers especially sizes 41 to 43, and ideally black
S, M long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies (The warmer the better)
S, M tracksuit bottoms/Jeans
Socks (thick and thin)
S, M new underwear (not Y-fronts)
Tracksuit bottoms – for ages 12-17
Jeans – for ages 12-17
Underwear – for ages 12-17 or men’s size small
Hoodies – sizes small and medium
Trainers (ideally black) – 40, 41, 42, 43.
We are currently oversupplied with children’s clothes and toys, there are other charities, many closer to home who would really benefit from the donations of these items.
Material food donations are much more sustainable and logistically easier to arrange, so if you have funds available and are planning a delivery to the Auberge/ Help Refugees warehouse, the most needed items (most urgent at top)
bicarbonate of soda
tins of white beans
The free shops need:
washing up liquid
kidney beans (tinned)
Please bring ring pull tops and make sure everything is in date!
Warehouse and Office Needs:
Large rubble sacks and 80L
130L, 110L, 80L strong bags
Brown parcel tape
Thick rubber bands
A4 lever arch folders
Polythene pockets (for lever arch files)
A4 printer paper
White board markers
3 sims for phones (£1 each, have to be purchased in the UK)
Plastic/metal cups, mugs, plates and cutlery
Lights and lanterns
Unlocked smart phones/power banks
Please note that your donations MUST be sorted – if any items are damaged, soiled or inappropriate for the camp, they will create an enormous amount of waste, which delays vital aid reaching the refugees. We cannot accept deliveries that are unsorted, as our volunteers can be snowed under the mountain of unsorted donations. Please try to only bring 3 or 4 types of items in your delivery. However, we understand that this is not always possible, and we still appreciate your help. To efficiently sort your donations, please separate them into type eg blankets separate from clothing. Clothing and shoes will need to be separated (and then packed and accordingly labelled) by gender, size and type. For instance men’s M jumpers separate from the S. Women’s size 39 boots separate from women’s size 40 trainers, waterproof coats, separate from non-waterproof coats.
This saves the incredibly hard-working warehouse volunteers so much time and allows us to get the donations to the refugees considerably more quickly and more efficiently. We are currently sufficiently stocked up for quite some time with women and children’s items, except for the items mentioned in the priority list. If you need more guidelines on how to sort, please email me back and I will be happy to help.
You can also donate to our Calais and Dunkerque page here
If you are interested in supporting our non food item distribution teams with items such as tents, clothing, sleeping bags, kitchenware etc, please donate here
Refugee Community Kitchen provides a warm lunch to the residents of the Dunkirk camp every day. They need money to buy the ingredients. Please give here
The Calais Woodyard saw and chop firewood and deliver it to the residents of the Dunkirk camp, to cook and to heat their living spaces. They need money to buy sawblades and for fuel. To donate to their incredible work, please donate generously here.
If you wish to send Emergency Supplies by post, please consider our wishlist at http://www.leisurefayre.com, where we have secured a generous 20% discount and fast postage with the distributor, who sends them directly to us as soon as possible!
For more guidelines, please check this Donations page on Calaidipedia: http://www.calaidipedia.co.uk/