We send humanitarian aid to refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon
All photography provided by Shannon Ashton Photography
We collaborate with Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) to ship critical humanitarian aid to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon from the state of Utah.
With only one employee, LHI runs on volunteer power. Make this project yours. Share it with your friends, family, and community groups.
our simple system
- Lifting Hands International collects, sorts, and packs humanitarian aid, ready for shipment from Utah.
- Helping Hand for Relief and Development ships and distributes it to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.
Live in Utah? Collect items from THIS LIST and take to designated drop-off points in your area. So far, we have drop off points in Spanish Fork, Provo, Eagle Mountain, Salt Lake City, Hooper, and Logan.
Please email your general location to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect with your designated drop-off coordinator.
Donate items by ordering them from our easy-to-use online registries. You can do this from anywhere in the world and the aid goes straight to our warehouse in Riverdale, Utah and ultimately onto the shipping container.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read through this section before emailing us, as we experience a high volume of messages.
Q: How can you be sure that the aid will actually get to the people?
A: Four LHI team members just travelled to Amman, Jordan in March 2017 to visit HHRD headquarters. We were blown away by the marvelous work they do. We visited several camps with them and witnessed true charity. We have absolute trust that they will distribute the aid that we collect to the people who need it the most.
Q: Can youth groups collect items for you?
A: Yes! In fact, there are around 4 million refugees in Jordan and Lebanon combined. The more help collecting humanitarian aid the better!
Q: Can I drop off items at the Riverdale warehouse?
A: No. Please only drop off at designated drop-off points. Our warehouse is not open to the public, since a generous business has donated a large section of their own warehouse space to us. They ask that we keep the location private. We don't want to inundate their business parking lot and office with visitors who are not associated directly with their business.
Q: I have some items that aren't on THE LIST that could be really useful to refugees in camps. Glasses, toys, crocheting needles, etc. Will you take them?
A: We will not take items that are not on the list. The items on the list are 100% intentional, in order to fill gaps of need that they continuously have, and it is our mission to make sure we respond to those particular shortages. The list may change from time to time, but before that happens, we will let you know!
Q: I'm running a donation drive for some items on the list. How should we box them?
A: Go ahead and drop the aid off in any size box or bag. The drop-off coordinator will then pack it into specialized boxes and label them with specific information.
Q: I live in an area where there is no drop off point. How can I donate from my area?
A: This is a relatively new project, so we don't yet have drop-off points in every area. We'd love you to help us find a new drop-off coordinator in your area and volunteers who can transport the aid to our storage warehouse in Riverdale! Please email email@example.com to volunteer as a drop-off point.
Q: You are based in Arizona. Are you allowed to operate a project in Utah?
A: We have official permission from the Utah Division of Consumer Protection to operate this project in Utah.
Q: I live in another state and would love to start a collection. Can we fill a container for LHI in our state?
A: Unfortunately, no (or at least not yet). It takes a lot of time, funds, coordination, legal work, and all kinds of applications to start a project in a new state. Filling one container requires us to pack 800 medium-sized moving boxes! It's quite a lot for a community to pull together.
Q: We'd like to help the refugees resettled in Utah, in addition to sending aid abroad. How can we do that?
A: These Federal resettlement agencies assist refugees in several areas. FYI, due to strict privacy and confidentiality laws, it is very hard to make direct contact with refugees without going through them!