As at 12th October 2023 the following applies:
Due to very specific needs we are focusing on the following items, with those in bold as a priority. Please ensure that items are within their sell by date; with particular note food will need at least a six month shelf life. WASHING POWDER AND FOOD ARE PRIORITY ITEMS ON OUR LIST AT THE MOMENT, FOLLOWED BY TOILETRIES/SANITARY.
If you wish to offer anything else, especially in bulk, please do get in touch and ask as it may be something that is also badly needed.
Priority: Washing Powder & Food
Flour (better big bags20-25kg/bag)/buckwheat
Legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils)
Energy bars/chocolate bars
Emergency or camping rations
No baby milk/formula required currently -will advise when this changes
Tinned food and Condiments: (that can be eaten hot or cold)
Beans and pulses
Toiletries & Sanitary:
Winter warm coats - NEW OR GOOD CONDITION SECOND HAND
Spring/summer light wear clothing including rainwear - NEW ONLY
Underwear – all ages ladies and men - NEW ONLY with bras the exception
Nappies; all sizes except new born
Blankets – all types including knitted and fleece blankets, single bed size preferable
Sleeping bags in stuff sacks/roll up mattresses
Portable Generators – any portable size wanted – new or used
Torches and Solar powered lights – new or used
Bowls (for soup) and mugs - stainless steel ideally, or strong plastic bowls/mugs
Waterproof mattress covers/pads (traumatized children)
Camping mats (yoga type)
Power banks for charging phones
Water Purification Tablets
**Please note -the needs list that we are being given by our partners is constantly changing and with this in mind it is possible that some of the aid that is collected for Ukraine will need to be used for other humanitarian projects such as Greece or Calais**
How goods are packed is essential. Without the correct packing, transportation becomes complicated and often results in us having to repack goods which takes up valuable time and resources. Therefore we request that goods are ideally packed in Banana boxes. These boxes are pictured below and can be obtained from many supermarkets or farm shops. If these are not available strong and uniform size boxes can be used.
Each box must be written or labelled on ALL FOUR sides and top with information - what products are in the box and ideally how many pieces.
How we receive aid will often depend on the quantity that you have for us. Whilst truck size donations can sometimes be collected ahead of loads going to their final destination for the most part aid should be delivered to a DROP OFF POINT or to our Basildon warehouse. We would strongly suggest that you have a conversation with us or your local drop off manager before starting an aid collection to ensure that the logistics work and to ensure that your collection will be successful.
If you are corporate entity, we always need bulk goods and surplus supplies. Whether branding changes, slight imperfections, damaged packaging or changed market forces, we will always be interested and thrilled to hear from you. Please contact our trustee and Head of Operations, Charles Storer MBE
If you would prefer to donate money, then you can donate here.
We couldn’t help anyone without your support. During the past 20 years, since we started Hope and Aid Direct, you have donated over 2,000 tons of aid that we have saved from landfill. In addition to our current work in Ukraine we have funded the transportation and distribution of this aid to people in desperate need in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Greece, Syria, Philippines, Sri Lanka, France and here in the UK –THANK YOU SO MUCH!