Donating goods

By donating goods you can help us turn houses into homes for former refugees.

What is needed?

Families from refugee backgrounds often arrive with little more than a suitcase or two. We rely on the generosity of the community to help them set up their homes. In resettlement areas, we are looking for the following items. You can also drop these off to your local Red Cross shop in each resettlement area:


  • Pots and pans
  • Quality blankets, duvet inners, bed linen and towels
  • Cutlery, plates, cups and glasses
  • Donations of brand new pillows (still in packaging)

Contact: or 09 262 0942


  • Quality blankets, duvet inners
  • Lawn-mowers, vacuum cleaners
  • Bikes

Contact: or 07 849 0285


  • Quality blankets, duvets and bed linen
  • Cutlery, plates, cups and glasses
  • Coffee tables
  • Bikes

Contact: or 06 356 8152


Due to storage limitations, our office is currently only accepting donations on an as needed basis. If you have a donation of unused quality goods, please contact: or 04 805 0304


  • Bikes, gardening tools
  • Quality blankets, duvet inners, bed linen and towels
  • Pots and pans, crockery/cutlery sets
  • Vacuum cleaners, kettles, toasters (in good working order)
  • Coffee tables

Contact: or 03 548 4978

Unfortunately we are unable to accept donations of whiteware and only some areas are able to accept furniture. Please contact your local office directly to confirm.

If you live outside a resettlement area you can still donate goods to your local shop. The goods will be sold through our Red Cross retail shops to help fund our refugee programmes and our other work in New Zealand and overseas.

Become a refugee support volunteer

Volunteering is a fun and rewarding experience. Our refugee support volunteers help families start again, while learning about new cultures, meeting new people and changing lives (including their own!).

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