Stand with Ukraine – item collection for refugees in Oulu

The University of Oulu is organizing a donation collection event for Ukrainian refugees living at the Oulu Reception Centre.
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Event information



Venue location

GO149 (former stone museum), Linnanmaa

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The item collection will be closed already at 12 noon.

Updated 5.4.: Following donations will not be accepted any more because the needed amount of items has already been reached: clothes, shoes, towels, puzzles, toys, bed sheets

The University of Oulu is organizing a donation collection event for Ukrainian refugees living at the Oulu Reception Centre. There is a need for clothes, basic household supplies, kitchen utensils, items for children, and food. Accurate list of items that are needed can be found at the end of this event page.There are about 230 people staying at the Reception Center now, and this number is likely to increase.

Please bring only items that are listed. All items need to be clean and in good shape. Items that don’t meet the criteria will be refused. In case of overflow, the event will close earlier in the afternoon.

You can bring your donations to the former stone museum (room GO149) at the University of Oulu’s Linnanmaa campus on Tuesday, April 5, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The space is near entrance K on the west side of the campus. Approaching from inside the campus, take corridor K near Tellus, pass Humus Café and walk almost to the end of the corridor. After the event, all the donations will be taken to the Oulu Reception Centre.

In addition to donating, please consider signing up as a volunteer to help us with collecting and sorting donations during the day. All you need to do is to fill out this short form. Thank you very much in advance!

The event is organized with support from the local Oulu volunteer community helping the Ukrainian refugees, the Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) and Erasmus Student Network ESN. In addition, the University Properties of Finland (SYK), Martela and ISS have made the event possible.

List of items needed (last updated on April 5):


  • rubber bath shoes/flip flops (sizes 34, 37-43)
  • home slippers ( sizes 34, 37-43)
  • rubber boots (sizes 34, 37, 40)
  • clothes hangers

Kitchen utensils and household appliances:

  • electric kettles
  • frying pans
  • lids for frying pans (incl. 26cm)
  • cooking pots
  • colanders
  • graters for food
  • other cooking items
  • microwave ovens
  • tea spoons
  • potato mashers
  • knives
  • knife sharpeners
  • soup plates
  • regular dining plates
  • rolling pin for dough
  • cooking scoops
  • spatulas for non-stick pans
  • cutting boards
  • kitchen towels
  • vacuum cleaners

Cleaning supplies:

  • dishwashing liquid
  • washing powder
  • household detergents (general, toilet, sprays)
  • toilet brushes
  • floor mops
  • buckets for cleaning
  • brooms and dustpans
  • rags for cleaning
  • buckets for trash
  • air fresheners
  • other cleaning items


  • shower gels and shampoos
  • children's potties
  • liquid soap
  • hygienic pads for females
  • shower curtain
  • toothpaste etc.


  • chairs
  • tables
  • chairs and tables for children
  • shelves
  • clothes rails

Entertainment for children:

  • games for kids
  • paper, marker pens, etc.
  • books for children (especially in Ukrainian/Russian or picture books)


  • vegetables, fruits
  • dairy
  • bread
  • spices
  • sauces
  • sugar, salt
  • oil
  • bulgur/couscous/rice
  • noodles/pasta
  • oats
  • meat/fish
  • juice, tea, coffee, cocoa
  • canned and packaged goods that can be stored in room temperature should be prioritized


• sewing needles and threads (black, white, colour)

• pens, pencils, marker pens

• notebooks

• scotch tapes

• food containers

• pillow cases

• duvet cases

• bed sheets

• blankets

• bikes

• window curtains

All items will be given to families/individuals, so it is better to avoid large packaging and give preference to smaller individual containers instead.

More information:

Last updated: 5.4.2022