Northern France – Latest Needs

Hi, thanks for your help!


Priority Items: things we are in desperate need of

S+M Men’s Joggers/Trousers (28” and 30”)

Torches and Lamps

Tents (only 1-2 man pop-ups)
Thick Blankets

Sleeping Bags
Roll Mats
S+M Men’s Waterproof Jackets
S Men’s Hoodies/Warm Jumpers
Trainers/Walking Boots size 40-44
S+M Men’s Underwear
Men’s warm winter accessories – hats, gloves, Scarves, Socks

Toilet Paper
Unlocked mobile phones with chargers

Hand warmers

Size 6 nappies only


Everything Else



  • S, M  waterproof and non-waterproof jackets

  • Trainers especially sizes 41 to 43, and ideally black

  • S, M long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies (The warmer the better)

  • S, M  tracksuit bottoms/Jeans

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Socks (thick and thin)

  • S, M new underwear (not Y-fronts)

  • Gloves

  • Hats

  • Scarves


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.


Childrens Items

We are currently oversupplied with children’s clothes and toys, there are other charities,  many closer to home who would really benefit from the donations of these items.



  • Toilet paper

  • Men’s razors

  • Shaving foam

  • Deodorant (men’s)

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner



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)


Smoked Paprika
fresh chilli
sea salt

olive oil
lemon juice
golden syrup
dried fruit
cayenne pepper

bicarbonate of soda
tomato puree
white vinegar
black pepper
hot chocolate

bin bags
washing up liquid
plastic gloves
disinfectant spray
tins of white beans


Please bring ring pull tops and make sure everything is in date!


Warehouse and Office Needs:

  • Large rubble sacks and 80L

  • 130L, 110L, 80L strong bags

  • Orange tape

  • Brown parcel tape

  • Serang wrap

  • Permanent markers

  • Thick rubber bands

  • A4 lever arch folders

  • Polythene pockets (for lever arch files)

  • A4 printer paper

  • White board markers



  • Thick blankets

  • Sleeping bags

  • Roll mats

  • Whiteboards

  • Backpacks

  • Fire extinguishers

  • 3 sims for phones (£1 each, have to be purchased in the UK)

  • Lyca sims

  • Metal kettles

  • Plastic/metal cups, mugs, plates and cutlery

  • Lights and lanterns

  • Unlocked smart phones/power banks




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 are interested in supporting our non food item distribution teams with items such as tents, clothing, sleeping bags, kitchenware etc, please donate here.

Refugee Community Kitchen provides a warm lunch to the residents of the Dunkirk camp every day. They need money to buy the ingredients.  You can donate to their work here.

The Calais Woodyard saw and chop firewood and deliver it to the residents of the Dunkirk camp, to cook and to heat their living spaces. They need money to buy sawblades and for fuel. To donate to their incredible work, please donate generously 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!

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

And as always, please email for any questions!