Welcome Kits

Help welcome a refugee family!

World Relief DuPage/Aurora relies on tax-deductible donations of furniture and household goods to create homes for the new refugee families that arrive each week. Help provide a warm welcome by collecting a Welcome Kit!

A Welcome Kit provides all of the small household items that refugee families desperately need upon arrival, and is a great way to establish a connection between you and the family. While your commitment to provide a WK is fulfilled once you deliver the items, you don’t have to end there! Refugees are hungry for friendship, especially during their first few months in a new land, and this can be a first step toward a longer term relationship. A Welcome Kit conveys a tangible “welcome” that transcends language barriers.

To learn more or to collect a WK:
Meagan McQueen, New Arrivals Volunteer Coordinator
(630) 462-7566 x1014 | mmcqueen@wr.org


 Welcome Kit List:

Kitchen Items

  • 1 set mixing bowls
  • 1 set baking pans
  • 1 set pots and pans
  • 1 set cooking utensils
  • 1 set sharp knives
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • medium/large cutting board
  • manual can opener
  • 3 kitchen towels
  • 3 dishcloth
  • silverware for 8
  • dishes for 8
  • 8 drinking glasses
  • 1 bottle dish detergent
  • 2 O-Cello type sponges
  • kitchen trash can and bags
  • 1 roll aluminum foil
  • 1 roll plastic wrap
  • 2 rolls paper towels

Bedroom Items

  • full-sized blanket
  • full-sized sheet set
  • 3 twin-sized blankets
  • 3 twin-sized sheet set
  • 4 pillows
  • 1 clock radio with alarm
  • 25 hangers

Bathroom Items

  • 4 towel sets (bath, hand and washcloth)
  • shower curtain and hooks
  • 2 bottles shampoo
  • 4 bars soap
  • 4 toothbrushes
  • 2 tubes toothpaste
  • 1 box feminine supplies
  • 15 disposable razors
  • 4 rolls toilet paper
  • 1 bottle hand lotion
  • 2 boxes tissue paper
  • small trash basket

Cleaning Items

  • 1 bottle cleaning spray
  • 1 can scouring powder
  • 1 toilet brush
  • 1 box laundry detergent
  • 1 broom
  • 1 dustpan
  • Miscellaneous Items
  • 1 plastic laundry basket
  • 1 pad of paper
  • 1 box envelopes
  • 5 pens/pencils
  • 1 light bulbs
  • 1 electric fan
  • 1 calendar
  • 1 small toolkit
  • 1 book of stamps

Standard Food Items

  • 5 lbs. sugar
  • 5 lbs. flour
  • Dried lentils
  • Dried chickpeas
  • 5 lbs. rice
  • 1 quart cooking oil
  • 1 box black teabags
  • 1 pair of salt and pepper shakers
  • 1 jar instant coffee
  • 1 case soda/sparkling water

Download a printable list here