Boston | Lynn | Worcester - Mass. [email protected] 617.238.2430

Welcome Baskets

Before a refugee family arrives, RIAC must find and prepare an apartment. This cuts into their stipend, which already needs to stretch rather far. You can help by supplementing their stipend with gift cards and collecting the required household items. We take monetary, new, and gently used donations.

Please contact Gabrielle at [email protected] about our current needs for arriving refugee families. Once your group’s donation is prepared, contact us again to coordinate delivery.

We highly appreciate your donations and time!

  • Gift cards to grocery and home goods stores (Stop&Shop, Market Basket, Walmart etc.)
    • These are *by far* the most flexible and helpful donations for the families
  • Kitchen items
    • Place settings of dishes
    • Set of pots, pans, and baking dishes
    • Mixing /serving bowls
    • Cooking and eating utensils
    • Knives and a cutting board
    • Can opener
    • Food storage containers
    • Baby items, if needed
  • Household supplies
    • Linens and towels (must be *new*)
    • Home office/school supplies
    • Alarm clock and light bulbs
  • Cleaning supplies
    • Dish soap and laundry detergent
    • Kitchen/bathroom cleaner and sponges
    • Waste baskets and trash bags
  • Personal hygiene items
    • Toilet paper
    • Tooth brushes and toothpaste
    • Generic soap and shampoo
    • Diapers, if needed
  • Winter coats (clean and modern only, please)


  • We accept monetary donations at
  • We cannot accept used clothing, linens, or towels