Give a Basketful of Necessities


Refugees land in America with the few possessions they were able to bring packed in a small suitcase. Imagine their joy at being welcome by you with a basketful of useful items for in their new country.

Here are some suggestions for what to pack in those baskets from Terri Saelee, director Adventist Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (ARIM) for the North American Division.

Welcome Packets for Refugees

  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry soap, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, sponges and scrubbers
  • Roll of quarters for laundry
  • Blankets/quilts (especially soft, easily washable blankets), sheets, pillows, pillow cases
  • Towels (Dish towels, hand towels, bath towels)
  • Shower curtain
  • Basic kitchen utensils and supplies:
    • (eg. cutting board, knife, wok, sauce pan, serving bowls and spoons, silverware, dishes)
  • Calendar
  • Pens and pencils
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Bandaids
  • World map
  • U.S. map
  • Any other items God brings to mind

  • When destination is known:

  • Local city map
  • Local bus schedule
  • List of important phone numbers

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