Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 18th April

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 18th April 2016.

If you wish to donate goods, please email Isabel on at least one week before you plan to set off. This will help Isabel and our other warehouse volunteers to organise the warehouse and plan for the distribution of goods.

Email Isabel to find out more about donation dates. Thank you for your time and support.

Please note that you MUST register your donation delivery HERE in order to drop off your donations! The address will be sent to you once you register. Please also be aware that no deliveries will be unloaded before 10am or after 5pm, as the team needs to prepare for distributions. If you are volunteering with us, please come from 9am, and your donations will be processed later on in the day.

If possible, please aim to bring donations on a weekday as the weekends are our busiest time. However, we do appreciate that this does not fit into many people’s schedules so please do not let this put you off booking for a Saturday or Sunday!

If you are able to bring your donations during the week it would be so helpful as weekends, and especially Saturdays, are always the busiest days

Please find below the current list of priority needs:

What we desperately need at this point in time are volunteers (please email and financial donations! These are hugely appreciated in cash to enable us to make emergency purchases of essential items required in the camps when our stocks run out. You can also click here to donate


We are currently oversupplied with children’s clothes and toys, however are experiencing a shortfall of teenage boys (13-17 years old – see below). If you are able to donate those, that would be wonderful!

  • Trainers especially sizes 41 to 43, and ideally black
  • S, M long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies
  • S, M  tracksuit bottoms
  • Waterproof trousers
  • S, M new underwear (not Y-fronts)
  • Gloves


  • XS, S, M leggings
  • XS, S, M tracksuit bottoms
  • S, M Knickers
  • Boots/shoes up to size 39.  No heels!
  • Smaller cup size bras (up to 36C)
  • Warm, Waterproof coats (S + M)
  • Waterproof trousers

Youth (boys):

  • Tracksuit bottoms – for ages 12-17
  • Jeans – for ages 12-17
  • Underwear – for ages 12-17 or men’s size small
  • Hoodies – sizes small and medium
  • Trainers (ideally black) – 40, 41, 42, 43.

Mobile Distribution:

  • Lights (wind up and solar powered)
  • Camp beds (and foam mattress toppers)
  • Non-electric metal kettles
  • Washing up liquid
  • Padlocks (with keys, not codes please)
  • Mugs (tin and plastic only)
  • Chopping boards
  • Water carriers
  • Bags for Life
  • Single dark duvet covers
  • Tin openers
  • Single foam mattresses
  • Thermoses


  • Toilet paper
  • Men’s razors
  • Deodorant (men’s)
  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Nappies (only numbers 4, 5 and 6)
  • Wash bags
  • Baby formula (especially numbers 2 and 3)

Food: we are running very low on food supplies. Material food donations are much more sustainable and logistically easier to arrange, so if you have funds available and are planning a delivery to the Auberge/ Help Refugees warehouse, the most needed items (most urgent at top)

  • Fresh fruit and veg (including salad and fresh herbs)
  • 1l UHT milk
  • 1kg sugar
  • Onions and garlic
  • Red lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • 1l oil
  • 1l olive oil
  • 1kg rice
  • Tinned fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel)
  • Biscuit packets
  • Tinned goods (tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans)
  • Tea and coffee
  • 750g salt
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Tinned fruit and veg
  • Vegetable stock cubes

Please bring ring pull tops and make sure everything is in date!
Warehouse and Office Needs:

  • Rubble sacks
  • 130L and 110L strong bags
  • Orange tape
  • Brown parcel tape
  • Serang wrap
  • Permanent markers
  • Thick rubber bands
  • Ink cartridges (Canon Pixma 540 XL Black and Colour – for a Canon Pixma MG3550 printer)
  • A4 lever arch folders
  • Polythene pockets (for lever arch files)
  • A4 printer paper


  • Thick blankets
  • Rolling suitcases
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Bike locks and repair kits
  • Fire wood

Please only bring item from this list. We cannot currently accept any other items items.

Thank you!


Please note that your donations MUST be sorted – if any items are damaged, soiled or inappropriate for the camp, they will create an enormous amount of waste, which delays vital aid reaching the refugees. We cannot accept deliveries that are unsorted, as our volunteers can be snowed under the mountain of unsorted donations. Please try to only bring 3 or 4 types of items in your delivery. However, we understand that this is not always possible, and we still appreciate your help. To efficiently sort your donations, please separate them into type eg blankets separate from clothing. Clothing and shoes will need to be separated (and then packed and accordingly labelled) by gender, size and type. For instance men’s M jumpers separate from the S. Women’s size 39 boots separate from women’s size 40 trainers, waterproof coats, separate from non-waterproof coats.

This saves the incredibly hard-working warehouse volunteers so much time and allows us to get the donations to the refugees considerably more quickly and more efficiently. We are currently sufficiently stocked up for quite some time with women and children’s items, except for the items mentioned in the priority list. If you need more guidelines on how to sort, please email me back and I will be happy to help.


You can also donate to our Calais and Dunkerque page here:

If you wish to send Emergency Supplies by post, please consider our wishlist at, where we have secured a generous 20% discount and fast postage with the distributor, who sends them directly to us as soon as possible! Similarly, this is our Amazon wishlist, delivered straight to us:

For more guidelines, please check this Donations page on Calaidipedia:

If you wish help our building teams’ spectacular efforts, please donate here: