The City of Greensboro’s Human Rights Department and Culture Crew Employee Resource Group are sponsoring an “essential toiletries drive” meant to benefit local refugees.

This is the third straight year the city is conducting the drive, which, in 2024, runs from Wednesday, May 1 to Friday, May 31.

According to drive organizers, the following items are needed: baby powder and wipes, bar soap, conditioner, deodorant, diapers and diaper cream, dish soap and sponges, feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, powdered laundry soap, petroleum jelly, shampoo, skin lotion, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

Organizers are also requesting the donations be “non-bulk-size items” to make delivery of the products easier.

People can contribute to the drive through an Amazon wish list at

Donations can also be dropped off in bins at the following collection sites on Monday through Friday during the regular business hours of these locations in May:

  • Central Library, 219 N. Church St.
  • Cultural Arts Center, 200 N. Davie St.
  • Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, 800 Westridge Rd.
  • Lewis Recreation Center, 3110 Forest Lawn Dr.
  • Medford Operations Center, 401 Patton Ave.
  • Melvin Municipal Office Building, 300 W. Washington St.

The donations will be distributed to refugees who attend the annual World Refugee Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Hester Park, which is at  3615 Deutzia St. in Greensboro.

World Refugee Day is sponsored by a host of local organizations.

You can learn more about the event online and on Facebook or by calling Liz Alverson at 336-373-7960 or Shadi Zeidan at 336-373-2674.