Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 16th November

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 16th November 2015.

  • Pre-made identical food parcels with a selection of easy to cook and non-perishable food e.g. tinned (pull tops) tuna/ lamb/ chicken/ beef, tinned (pull top) beans/ chickpeas/ lentils/tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, salt, long life fruit juice, long life milk, coffee, tea, cooking oil, easy cook rice, spices – all in a bag, tied up, ready to be distributed directly. For further info please see this list.
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Men’s waterproof walking boots high ankle  and trainers – especially sizes 42 and 43
  • Women’s boots/ shoes up to size 39.  No heels!
  • Men’s jogging bottoms or jeans (esp black) size 28-36
  • Warm, waterproof winter jackets
  • Tents (preferably 4 man or larger)
  • Socks
  • Goody bags of hats, gloves and scarves
  • Underwear (men’s, women’s, and children’s)
  • Building Materials – including  wood, nails, rope and tools. If you are taking any building materials or have building skills you’d like to put to good use please email:
  • Pallets
  • Tarpaulins
  • Firewood
  • Fire extinguishers (smaller, kitchen size – powder or foam)
  • Flat pack cardboard boxes (size 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48)


Try to concentrate on one or two items as a large amount of one item is much quicker and easier to distribute than a mixed load of many items.

It is very important that goods are clean, pre-sorted and clearly labelled e.g. a box of walking boots size 44, a bag of men’s jeans size 32, or pre-packaged food parcels.

If you want to be a real star then the best box sizes are 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48


To deliver aid to the warehouse and/or to arrange distribution in the camp with the support of experienced volunteers, please complete this form

If you have any questions, please email


The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!


This page was updated on 18/11/2015 at 09:05 to move the food parcels to the top of the list to reflect the urgent need and to add more detail on the content of the food parcels. Thank you!