Household Goods Wanted for a Refugee Family

Reading POWR (People Organized to Welcome Refugees) is ready to begin collecting household items for a refugee family expected to arrive in the Reading area sometime in the next few months. Even though we won’t know the exact number of people (or the ages of children) until 2-3 weeks before the actual date of their arrival, it seems safe to begin assembling a basic collection of household goods to give them a good start. We do know that refugee families generally spend years in refugee camps, and typically arrive with almost nothing. 

Volunteers with the Welcome Banner at the Reading POWR meeting September 19, 2017. Photo taken by David Maroney.

Please visit the Reading POWR website and click on the tab for “Household Donations,” to locate a link to a SignUp Genius web page where you can see a list of items wanted, and then select any that you might be able to provide. New or “gently used” items are acceptable, but must, of course, be in clean condition.

You’ll also find a list of dates and times when the donations you’ve signed up for can be delivered to local churches in October and early November: there are choices of Tuesday-Thursday daytimes, Wednesday evenings, or Saturday mornings. Donations will be stored locally until the family arrives and volunteers will help you unload your items.

Questions? Feel free to email

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