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Refugee Services Wish List

Minneapolis, MN

LSS Refugee Services offers hope and a helping hand to refugees as they start their new lives in Minnesota.

Currently, many refugees that benefit from LSS Refugee Services originate from Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Burma/Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and from other areas of conflict around the globe.  

After losing their homes and their daily lives to violence and conflict, most refugees arrive in the United States with virtually nothing.

The costs of new items from pots and pans to cleaning supplies to winter coats has to come out of families' tight budgets unless they are received by donation and distributed. Being able to save even a few dollars makes a critical difference in the first few months.

LSS Refugee Services staff is so grateful for these donations.

 When a refugee receives a kit, it not only helps their budget, it also shows them that someone in their new community cares about them.

What items are needed by LSS Refugee Services?

We happily accept both kits and single/varied item donations.

See the detailed lists for kits and single items.


Additionally, we accept winter gear during the cold months of the year: coats, gloves/mittens, hats, and scarves.

 Cleaning Kits

Would you accept used items?

We accept items that are considered new or “gently used”, this means:

  • No stained, ripped, torn, or worn thru fabrics.
  • Nothing that is broken, rusted, chipped, cracked or dirty.
  • Nothing that is dangerous, hazardous, or unsafe.
  • Small appliances should be in good working order.

What items cannot be accepted by LSS Refugee Services?

As needed as these items are, unfortunately LSS does not have the storage space to hold them. Please consider donating them to an organization that can put them to use.

  • Clothing, shoes and accessories
  • Holiday decorations 
  • Furniture—unless delivered directly to a family! 
  • Large electrical appliances (TV, microwave, etc.)—unless delivered directly to a family!

Donation Drop-off

Please coordinate delivery of donations by calling 612.226.9589 or

The Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404