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Up-to-Date Critical Needs List for Afghan Refugee Services

Household Items

*Indicates items that should be new or never opened/used.
  • Table utensils* – forks, spoons, knives
  • Dishes* – plates, bowls, cups
  • Pots & Pans*
  • Mixing/serving bowls
  • Cooking utensils* – spatulas, spoons, knives, can opener, etc.
  • Towels*
  • Bedding* – sheets, blankets, pillows
  • Toilet paper*
  • Loose leaf paper* (wide or college-rule)
  • Spiral or composition notebooks* (wide or college-rule)
  • Pens
  • Paper towels*
  • Dish soap*
  • Bathroom/kitchen cleaner*
  • Laundry detergent*
  • Trash bags*

Food Items

  • Canned Tomatoes – diced or crushed
  • Rice
  • Unseasoned Beans – canned or dry
  • Lentils
  • Flour – 5 or 10 lb. bags
  • Sugar
  • Active Yeast (shelf stable packets)
  • Tea – Black or Green
  • Spices – Tumeric, Paprika, Curry Powder, Cumin (ground), Cloves (ground), Black pepper, Salt
  • Honey
  • Caramel Candies (Werther’s Original)

Baby Items

  • Diapers
  • Pacifiers
  • Bottles
  • Baby wipes
  • Formula

Other ways to help

You can shop our Amazon Smile list for refugee families. Items purchased from the list will can be shipped directly to our Refugee Services office by entering the shipping address:

Catholic Charities Refugee Services
916 Bernadette Dr
Columbia, MO 65203