When refugees arrive in your area, you can post in your Buy Nothing community, asking neighbors and those affiliated with resettlement organizations what newly-arriving refugees in your area might need, like household items. You can take the lead on collecting and delivering those items to families in need. By example, one woman in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, helped women from Afghanistan by asking for sewing machines
in her Buy Nothing community. The sewing machines were exactly what the women needed to make their own clothes and to preserve their cultural identity. We've seen many times that the special strength of Buy Nothing communities is meeting specific personal wants and needs, so that people who have lost everything get just what they're looking for to start building back. Focusing on getting people the right sizes and styles of clothing, for instance, makes people feel seen and respected. Whenever possible, reach out to meet individual needs instead of offering bulk piles of goods.