Catholic Charities of Boston’s Refugee and Immigrant Services Division Receives Major Clothing Donation from Local Family, Hosts Shopping Event for Refugee Families

Monday, March 29, 2021

Last month, Catholic Charities of Boston’s Refugee and Immigrant Services (RIS) division received an exceptionally generous donation of over 50 boxes of new clothing from a local family.   


The donation came after the family saw a social media post from a Catholic Charities supporter looking for clothing donations for an upcoming RIS shopping event. The family previously owned a clothing store and had a warehouse full of new sample clothing.

After learning that the clothing will be distributed to newcomers to the country, they elected to donate it to Catholic Charities. 

“This tremendous donation enables our team to provide new, quality clothing to our immigrant and refugee community members, and we are particularly grateful for the cold-weather gear, including sweaters and flannels.  Many of our clients come from warm-weather climates and are unaccustomed to the cold New England winter months,” shares Marjean Perhot, director of Catholic Charities of Boston’s Refugee and Immigrant Services division. “We are incredibly moved by this donor’s generous support.”


On February 20, the RIS division welcomed refugees, immigrants, and their families to our winter Shopping Event held at the Labouré Center. Following COVID-19 safety protocol, 41 RIS clients and 83 Adult Education students shopped through $15,000 worth of donated clothing, coats, household goods, toys, and strollers.  


The families also "shopped" dozens of pairs of sneakers and 300+ shirts from New Balance, and over 120 coats donated by Anton’s Cleaners. 

Catholic Charities is thankful for the 19 volunteers who helped at the event and for each of our generous donors, as well as Foodie's Markets South Boston for the use of their shopping carts during the event. These partnerships enable us to serve our community members in need. Working together, we can navigate the obstacles refugees face upon starting their life in the United States.