We have a network of individual volunteers across France who can collect and/or store donated items for onward transportation to those in need across France and beyond.
We are currently collecting for refugees in Paris, plus smaller communities of refugees across the rest of France and Beyond, including groups in Calais, Toulouse, Beziers, Bordeaux, the French/Italian border area, and refugees on the Iraq/Syria border. We will expand this network as and when supply routes from our hubs open up.
Items urgently needed
Here is a list of the main items needed on a regular basis – however the situation changes regularly as camps close and the seasons change. Please join the Facebook group for more up to date information.
IMPORTANT: Only the items on the list below are currently needed for refugees without accommodation or in camps. If you have something you think may be of use and it’s NOT listed below, please check before donating it.
All items should be clean, durable and in good condition. As a rule of thumb, only donate items you would be happy for someone to give you.
Tents (double-skinned and complete / multi-person or individual tents)
Camp beds/bed bases
Pillows and pillow cases
Damp-proof membranes (large; to cover shelters)
Plastic tarpaulins and groundsheets
Chairs and stools, e.g. folding chairs, camping stools
MEN’S CLOTHING (should be easy to wash and dry)
Footwear (trainers, walking shoes, boots and wellies
– sizes 41 – 46 most needed)
Underwear including thermals
Hats, scarves, gloves, belts
Hooded tops and sweatshirts
WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S CLOTHING
Please ask your local hub. Women’s and children’s clothes are needed at some camps and not others (yet), so whether we accept them (and what we need) may differ from region-to-region.
Containers for food and water
Tinned food and other non-perishable food (rice, cous cous, pasta, lentils, tinned vegetables and beans, etc)
Salt, pepper, spices, tomato sauce (and paste)
Water (bottles with taps are always useful)
Coffee, tea, sugar and (long life) milk
Pans, pots, grills
Washing up sponges and dish soap
Cooking utensils, cups, mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery
Gas stoves to use with a big cylinder (please no small camping gaz as they don’t last long enough)
(Unlocked) mobile phones and chargers
SIM cards (French ones only, especially Lyca mobile)
Plug adaptors (UK to Continental)
LED wind up lanterns
Tools, including hammers
Wood for construction and firewood
Nails and hammers
Candles and tea-lights
Matches and lighters
Soap, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant
Razors and shaving creams
Paper products: Toilet rolls, kitchen roll, paper, tissues.
Plastic bowls (usable for small laundry)
Basic first aid kits
Plasters and bandages
Medication but only if closed, in date and without the need of a prescription (painkillers, antiseptic creams, basic cold and flu remedies, vitamins and mineral supplements, etc)
Multi-lingual dictionaries and other books that may help people learn French
Sports gear (footballs, bats, balls, etc) to provide exercise and social outlets
Radio (and batteries) / wind up radios
Bikes / trailers, pumps, lights, locks, repair kits for transport
Playing cards, board games, dominoes
Pens, notebooks, paper
If you are able to donate any of the above, join our Facebook group to ask for your nearest hub or sub-group.