What to donate

This page contains an up to date list of items that have been requested to send to Nauru.

We can only send items that have been specifically requested so please consult this list before dropping off or posting any items:


A top priority is to send nutritious food and vitamins.

The following items would be all be gratefully received:

  • Dry fruits
  • Multivitamins (adults and children)
  • Sustagen powder
  • Protein powder
  • Long life milk (UHT) – preferably full fat to suit children, also soy long life milk.
  • Chewing gum
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix packs
  • Snacks like muesli bars, roll ups
  • Tinned tuna
  • Baby food (in pouches)
  • Teething rusks
  • Herbs and spices
  • Chickpeas, lentils (dried or tinned)
  • Different kind of chocolates/lollies (avoiding things that will melt)
  • Traditional sweets (e.g. from Afghan and Persian shops, like lavashak and gaz).


Please ensure all food items:

  • Are in original, sealed packaging
  • Have use-by dates visible on the packaging
  • Have relatively long use-by dates, where applicable (at least a few months)
  • Are contained in plastic or other durable packaging – no glass bottles.



We have some capacity to send non-food items, especially if our friends on Nauru indicate these items are needed at a particular time.

Please ensure all items are NEW – we are unable to accept second-hand items at this time:


New clothing required for men, women and children:

  • T-shirts
  • Singlets
  • Light cardigans/layers
  • Ladies leggings
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Board shorts for swimming
  • Shoes
  • Hats
  • Underwear (including maternity bras)
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Velcro-style sandals for kids.


For babies/infants:

  • Wipes
  • Baby powder
  • Nappy rash cream (tropical climate is affecting the bubs, this is a big need)
  • Nipple cream
  • Teething gel
  • Baby paw paw ointment or similar
  • Pacifiers/soothers
  • Light wraps
  • Teething toys
  • Onesies, singlets and other light articles of clothing


Toys, hobbies and education:

Please do not include anything that requires batteries.

  • Goggles for swimming
  • Swimming floaties and flippers
  • Soccer boots for kids
  • Soccer balls
  • Educational DVDs
  • Board games
  • Puzzles
  • Paper
  • Notebooks
  • Colouring books (children and adults)
  • Crayons, textas
  • Pencil cases
  • Educational books
  • Dictionaries (english)
  • Soft toys/teddies
  • Dress-ups/role play items
  • 12767278_190771317954406_1846724092_nFabric for sewing
  • Sewing kits (cotton, sewing needles, lace and applique trimming for kids clothes)
  • Bead kits for kids (the kids love these Peace Beads in particular!) >>
  • Cake tins
  • Cup cake patties and papers
  • Wool for knitting and crochet
  • Bag making crafts
  • Birthday decorations and balloons
  • USBs
  • USBs loaded with movies
  • Drink bottles
  • Kids sheet sets and bed decorations (e.g. cushion covers)
  • Bingo games
  • Stickers
  • Construction toys/blocks e.g. Lego
  • Magnetic toys


Personal items:

  • Moisturisers/body creams
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap/body wash
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Face cleanser
  • Facial wipes
  • Deoderant (roll on)
  • Talcum powder)
  • Pads (various types/absorbencies)
  • Liners
  • Items for hair colouring, make up, nail polish, etc to brightening the lives of women in detention
  • Mosquito repellant, including for children (preferably roll-on so it can be taken into the detention centre)
  • Sunscreen



It is possible that donations we receive may not be suitable to send to Nauru. This could be because they are not practical to post, our contacts have indicated there is no need for that particular item or it is inappropriate, customs regulations have changed, or a number of other reasons that may be outside our control.

In that case, we will do everything we can to ensure the donation goes to support refugees and asylum seekers in other ways. We will attempt to direct the donation in the following ways:

  • Onshore detention centres
  • Refugees and asylum seekers living in community
  • Organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers