Collecting household and pantry items for refugee arrivals

Every two months, Catholic Social Services works with parishes and other groups in the community to prepare homes for former refugees settling in Wellington.  We are always looking for groups to take responsibility for collecting items for household and pantry packs:

Household packs: Collecting items from a prepared list for a specific household. These include kitchen items, bedding, bathroom and laundry items.  They also include age appropriate toys, books and games for families with children.  We are seeking goods that are new or good quality second hand.

Pantry packs: Collecting items from a prepared list to ensure a basic supply of non-perishable pantry staples when families arrive.

The dates for refugee arrivals in Wellington -

16 August

11 October

6 December

If you can assist, or for more information, please contact or phone 04-385-8642




"The mercy of God is not some beautiful idea, but rather a concrete action. There is no mercy without being concrete. Mercy is not doing good 'in passing', but getting involved where there is something wrong."

Pope Francis, 2016




"If we want to help change history and promote real development, we need to hear the cry of the poor and commit ourselves to ending their marginalisation."

Pope Francis: Message for the First World Day of the Poor, 2017

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