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Donation Drive for New Arrivals: Saturday, July 13 at 9:00am – 12:00pm

We are currently welcoming the highest number of immigrants and refugees to St. Louis in recent history. Many of these families have endured enormous challenges, fleeing violence and persecution for the chance of a better life. Most are arriving with little or no belongings.

We arrange housing for each refugee family, set up with kitchenwares, bathroom supplies, bedding and living room items, and in kind donations of new items help us welcome these families.

This is an opportunity to help many great people in need and to also put our region back on a path toward growth and success.

Our top most needed items:

  • Brooms
  • Mops
  • Laundry baskets
  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Drinking glasses
  • Kitchen knife sets
  • Cutting boards
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine hygiene products

* We unfortunately cannot accept clothing or large furniture donations at this time.

For a full list of items needed or to purchase:

IISTL Target Wishlist

IISTL Walmart Wishlist


Saturday, July 13 at 9:00am – 12:00pm
International Institute of St. Louis: Donation drop off at the IISTL garage located on Louisiana (map).

Online Wishlist Purchases Preferred

The St. Louis community has a history of welcoming new neighbors by donating items to fill their new homes and provide them with support as they resettle in our community. The world is seeing the largest number of refugees in history, and St. Louis is continuing to welcome record numbers of new arrivals every month. Your support ensures that our newest neighbors have necessities as they adjust to life in a new country and community.

New items purchased and shipped from one of our online wishlists is one of the easiest ways to support recently arrived refugees and immigrants:

IISTL Target Wishlist

IISTL Walmart Wishlist

We can always utilize items such as Visa or MasterCard gift cards and grocery gift cards. These are items needed by current clients as well as the individuals and families that will be arriving to St. Louis soon.

Financial contributions are allow us to apply donations where they are needed most.

You can also select our organization to benefit from your regular Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile. Search for “International Institute of St. Louis.”

Our most needed items are gift cards (in any amount):

  • Visa gift cards
  • Aldi
  • Schnucks
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Jay’s International
  • Gas Cards

Gift cards can be mailed to:

Attn: Donations
International Institute of St. Louis
3401 Arsenal St.
St. Louis, MO 63118