For the Welcome Center:
- Men’s warm and waterproof jackets, hats and gloves. These need to be clean and in good condition. Used jackets are fine but they need to be something that a young person would feel OK wearing. Most of those released are slender, so medium sizes are preferred.
- Individually wrapped bags of chips, peanut butter or cheese crackers, nuts, dried fruit, or cookies
- Bottled water (individual size)
- Canned soda
- Fresh fruit such as apples, oranges (no more than one bag as they don’t keep well)
- Travel size deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and soap for travel packs
Note: Many of these needed items can be found on our Amazon.com wish list: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3I8USLANJDKNQ/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_3?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist
Thanks to all of you who purchased items from our Amazon wishlist. You made them smile today:)
For the Hospitality House:
- Pay as you go phone cards for T-Mobile or Nokia phone
- Prepaid international phone cards
- Men’s T-shirts socks and underwear, medium and large size
- Walmart or Target gift cards to buy shoes or other necessities
- Safeway grocery cards
- Paper towels and toilet paper
- Dish soap and laundry soap
With prior arrangement, non-cash donations for all programs, including the Welcome Center, can be brought to the AID NW office located at 616 1/2 N. I Street in Tacoma between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Please email the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org 24 hours in advance.
Donation, or contributions toward the purchase of:
- New or slightly used (under 10 years) 32 – 36 foot “Class A” RV, to replace the current Welcome Center RV, which is 20 years old and on it’s last legs/axles
- New or recent desktop computer, to replace our 6 – 8 year old model
Cash donations for all our work are greatly appreciated. Please mail checks to: 616 1/2 North I Street, Tacoma, 98403 or click on the “Donate” button on the right.
- Offer hospitality services to released immigrants, provide transportation to various locations as well as other services to enrich their daily lives (see Post-Detention Accompaniment Network–PDAN page for further detail)
- Visit immigrants in the Detention Center during public visitation hours (see Our Programs, Visitation Program for details)